Margaret River artist Bethany Collins unveils 'Stay Golden'

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists at Margaret River Library is now exhibiting the latest works of emerging local artist Bethany Collins. Photo: Supplied
The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists at Margaret River Library is now exhibiting the latest works of emerging local artist Bethany Collins. Photo: Supplied

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists at Margaret River Library is now exhibiting the latest works of emerging local artist Bethany Collins.

The artist's first solo exhibition, 'Stay Golden', is on display at the Cocoon Gallery from now until 31 October.

While creating has always been one of Ms Collins' passions, at the beginning of the mandatory COVID-19 lockdown in WA last year, she stocked up on art supplies and started to find inspiration in a slower pace of life.

Growing up on a farm around a resourceful and creative family meant improvisation and imagination came naturally.

Ms Collins now experiments with different styles and mediums despite not having had any formal training.

The artist said the paintings featured in 'Stay Golden' depicted feminine and natural subjects and were heavily textured with acrylics mixed with modelling paste.

"I started using acrylics and then slowly began to experiment with 3D texture as I wanted something that was not only eye catching, but also intriguing to the hand," she said

"I tend to use a restrained but modern colour palette with mostly pinks, golds and browns and my recent works are influenced by life's simple pleasures and the beauty and inspiration in everyday surroundings."

Ms Collins artist has been part of The Hive Margaret River Art Collective for over a year, collaborating in their two group exhibitions.

Her works have also been showcased at Fibonacci Art Gallery in Fremantle.

The Margaret River Library is an easily accessible venue, and the community are welcome to view this latest free exhibition at the Cocoon Gallery at any time during library opening hours.