Jerilderie artist’s works are showcased in Deni

By Country News

For Ros Lockhart, painting is a way to express her love of people and the stunning land across the Southern Riverina.

The Jerilderie artist has been able to translate her talent into a part time hobby.

‘‘I paint because I find it relaxing, meditative and I love it,’’ she said.

‘‘I painted when I was in high school. I always did creative things when my children were little but never really painted.

‘‘After the kids left home, I had the space to set up a studio.

‘‘I’m just as happy if people hate what I do as well as if they love my work because they’re stopping to have a reaction.

‘‘I just paint whenever I have the spare time — I even cut down my full time work so I can paint two days per week.

‘‘There’s nothing better than being here on a Saturday afternoon with a bit of jazz in the background while painting away.’’

Mrs Lockhart is known for her portraits, and is also known to paint varied landscapes, old sheep sheds and any other items of interest.

‘‘I enjoy painting the things that are around us here in Jerilderie and beyond. We have the big sky, beautiful horizons — anything around you is beautiful.

‘‘That includes our environment and items of interest.’’

One of Mrs Lockhart’s most famous portraits is of former Jerilderie resident, football star and media personality Billy Brownless.

Her rendition of him was entered in the 2016 Archibald Prize.

‘‘I went up and saw him (Billy) in Geelong. He still remembers me because I went to school with his sister,’’ she said.

‘‘Billy was very generous and was a bit shy about it all.

‘‘I should give it to him because what am I going to do with a head of Billy Brownless?’’

More than 20 of the Jerilderie artist’s finest works are currently on display in Deniliquin, at the Peppin Heritage Centre, until June 21.

She said she was initially approached to have the exhibition 12 months ago.

‘‘The only downside to painting can be with all the finished work, and what am I going to do with it all? So I thought if someone wants to display my work then why not?

‘‘It’s really nice to have it on display at the Peppin as it’s a great location; it’s the most local gallery.

‘‘The staff there are great at their job and it’s a really good space for what I’m doing.’’

The next temporary display for Mrs Lockhart will be an exhibition at the Jerilderie Show ‘n’ Shine next year.