As a lot of people do when they retire to new places, artist Halina Wulz quickly immersed herself in a community group which allowed her to meet new people and perform work she is passionate about.
After moving to Finley from Sydney in 2014 to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter in retirement, Mrs Wulz promptly joined the Cobram and District Arts Society.
She has painted with the group at classes in Barooga ever since and has exhibited with other local artists at the society’s annual art exhibition in Tocumwal at Easter.
Mrs Wulz described the creative process as much more enjoyable in the company of others.
‘‘When you’re with like-minded people and you’re doing workshops, some of the other artists can critique your work, which can be really helpful,’’ she said.
She first tried her hand at painting in 2006, feeling most at ease with the subtle stroke of a watercolour brush.
‘‘My art journey began in 2006 after my daughter gave me a watercolour kit as a gift,’’ she said.
‘‘This led me to attend watercolour painting classes and workshops to improve my creative outlet.’’
Mrs Wulz’s passion for watercolour has led her to all parts of the globe and she has spent time honing her craft in Croatia, the Greek Islands, France, Italy and Vietnam.
She has learnt from well-known Australian artists Ron Muller, Herman Pekel, Barry and Lucy McCann, Malcolm Beattie, Ev Hales, Charles Sluga, Terry Jarvis, Greg Allen and John Lovett.
‘‘I concentrate on watercolour as my chosen medium and am trying to perfect my interpretation of landscapes, still life, flowers, and streetscapes.’’ Mrs Wulz said.
‘‘I particularly like Australian landscapes, the colours at different times of the day, the vastness of sky, flat vista or mountains.’’
As the society’s designated feature artist this month, Mrs Wulz’s work has been on display at Station Gallery on Punt Rd, Cobram.
She encouraged residents to check out the work by local artists at the gallery.
●Station Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm.