Art reflects life

Painting enthusiast and basketball lover Justin Clarke has won the People’s Choice Award in the Open Art Awards exhibition by the South East Art Society.

Mr Clarke said he painted from the heart after hearing Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna had died in a helicopter crash.

“As a dad myself as well as a Kobe fan I was doubly struck by the tragedy of these deaths – Kobe doing what he loved with his daughter,” he said.

“So there’s a lot of emotion in the painting.

“At times I was literally working through the tears.”

Mr Clarke has 15 years of professional graphic arts career behind him but when it comes to canvas work he prefers to be an enthusiastic amateur.

“If I went professional it would feel too much like a job,” he said.

His portrait was the favourite out of hundreds of votes at the Riddoch Art & Cultural Centre.

Mr Clarke’s work can be viewed on the South East Art Society’s Facebook site.

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