Myrtle/Lisa/Melissa Murray. She is an award winner regular in the annual Outback Archies, and is this monthâ€™s Creative Face. We caught up with her at pony club…because apart from being a framer, photographer and painter she also has a soft spot for horses. Read on for the lo down on Myrtleâ€¦
Hello, what is your name?
Congratulations on your runner-up prize in the 2016 Outback Archies! What would you say to other regional artists who are thinking of entering next year?
Do it! Just have a go â€“ if you donâ€™t use it you lose it. Itâ€™s a great opportunity for our region to have. It brings people together if nothing else. Artists need other artists at certain times throughout the production of their work. Just spending time with like-minded people is refreshing and inspires ideas.
You do a lot of photography and painting when youâ€™re not running your framing shop in Coonambleâ€¦tell us about your creative practice!
Iâ€™m a snap shotter. I have my little camera with me all the time. I love capturing moments. A space in time. And with that, I get a lot of work from which I produce my paintings. I just think when you carry a camera with you, you capture everyday life which turns into history. I love documenting that seemingly â€˜everyday stuffâ€™ but is so important in years to come. When you look back at these photos you can remember smells, relive feelings and the sense of space, and where you were physically and mentally at that time.
How would you describe your style?
If you havenâ€™t got any style, you have nothing to live up to. Iâ€™m not a very stylish sort of personâ€¦so â€˜Iâ€™m still developing itâ€™. My style is what it is.
Why do you think itâ€™s important to provide creative outlets and opportunities for people, especially in regional areas?
I think you need to have those outlets out here because you hear lots of people say â€˜I canâ€™t do thatâ€™ but if you have these workshops and events then people learn and see that they are creative. Whether youâ€™re good or bad but you love doing it, then that has to be all good! It frees your brain and makes you happy. Who needs drugs when you can do that!?
What have you got coming up?
Iâ€™m at pony club camp at the moment. I usually just go along and something presents itself and I go with that. I want to organise an exhibition with local Brian Campbell who does wood and paper burnings, and drawing. So we have been talking about that for 2017.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a framer / painter / photographer?
Probably a drunk!
Where can we see more of your stuff?
Lastly, Beatles or the Stones?
Stones for sure.