Self-taught local artist Shelly Murfitt and Sunshine Coast Council today released the beautiful new artwork for the 2017 Caloundra Music Festival. Using artisanal techniques and natural fabric canvas, the pieces incorporate local landscapes and features that are synonymous with Caloundra.
The colour palate adopted by Shelley reflects the vibrancy of the region drawing on the deep greens of the Glasshouse Mountains just before dusk, the bright blue of Pumistone Passage and the rusty orange of the pandanus tree nut.
Shelley first worked with Caloundra Music Festival in 2015 as a live artist. Using upcycled doors as her canvas, she painted a portrait of Angus and Julia Stone. The experience not only showcasing her work to the thousands of festival goers but also to the musicians themselves! Shelley was astounded when the festival organised a special meeting between artist and muse.
Shelley recalls, “Meeting Angus & Julia Stone was a career highlight. Music is an important influence for me – I never paint without it. So to actually meet the people who have created the music I have painted to is something I will never forget. Music and art go hand in hand for me. It was incredible to share my work with them.”
Shelley describes her collection of artwork as influenced by ” the bright Summer feel of our coastal landscape. Particularly inspired by the variety of colours and textures found in nature while blending the beauty of the feminine form.”
To see more of Shelleys work visit her Facebook page.