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Kristy a late bloomer in the world of art

MOTHERHOOD and raising two young kids put Kristy Gray’s artistic talents on hold for quite a few years, but as her two daughters Georgie and Abbie grew older – they’re now 16 and 13 – she decided to return to the easel.

And judging by the wonderful artworks displayed on her Facebook page, Created With Colour, it shouldn’t be too long before this self-taught artist has potential buyers making enquiries.

“I did art at school and painted for a while but when the kids came along I stopped,” Kristy said.

“About five years ago I started going to the workshop at the Moree Plains Gallery and started painting and drawing again.”

Kristy has donated mixed media piece Picked For You for the Leap For Mick online art auction and says she is “happy with the outcome”.

“I was playing with mixed media and this is a completely different style for me, but I’m really, really happy with the outcome” she said.

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Kristy Gray and Picked For You.

“The textures and the colours really work well – Picked For You is a proud, first experimental piece,” she smiled.

Kristy, who manages the St Philomena’s School canteen, also teaches basic drawing classes at the Moree Community College on Frome Street.

She says she would love to one day exhibit her works.

“I’ve done a few commission pieces and sell some works here and there, but I’ve mainly given a lot of paintings away to family,” she said.

“I would like to one day exhibit my work. Last year I won the Most Successful Exhibitor at the Moree Show and had works displayed at the Mungindi Art Festival – I’ve started spreading my art around a little bit, but I just haven’t branched out far enough to host a full exhibition.”

Potential buyers are urged to cast their eyes over some of the works displayed on Kristy’s Facebook page, Created With Colour – it is another example of Moree’s hidden talent.

Picked for You measures 92cm wide x 60cm high. Offers above $250 please.

Picked for You can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.

Welcome to the Leap for Mick online art auction, aimed at raising money for terminally-ill Moree man Mick Colbran, his wife Alice and their two young boys, Tom ad Sam.

Winners will be announced after all bidding officially closes at 6pm sharp on Sunday, March 13.

A Tip: This is an auction where the highest tender wins, so making an offer fractionally above the “offers above” figure will not necessarily win the item. Genuine buyers need to consider this, as the tender process is open for 16 days and potential buyers can only place one offer. The trick is to be generous and bid skyward if you genuinely want the item you are bidding on.

How the auction works: Prospective buyers will have three options when lodging bids. Bidders can privately inbox offers to “Bill Cindy Poulos” on Facebook, email offers to [email protected] or text offers to 0448 203621. Please state your full name and telephone contact details (mobile preferred) as well as the Lot Number and name of the item you are bidding on and the amount you are offering. You can bid on more than one item and all offers will be strictly confidential. In the event of equal highest offers on any item, all bidders concerned will be notified and invited to renew their offers. Payment will be made to a special Leap for Mick trust account that has been set up at New England Mutual after bidding is closed and the winners announced.

All pieces can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.

Bidding on all items will open at 6pm sharp on Friday, February 26 and close at 6pm sharp on Sunday, March 13.