Sue Lederhose won the inaugural David Bryce Rural Art Award with this watercolour painting, titled, South Burnett Aerial.
Sue Lederhose won the inaugural David Bryce Rural Art Award with this watercolour painting, titled, South Burnett Aerial. Michael Nolan

Inaugural art prize draws artists from across Queensland

THE story behind a painting of goats is one of heartbreak and loss.

The painting won the Rural Animal Award at the inaugural David Bryce Art Award and was produced by Mundubbera artist Sue Lederhose.

It's a scene from a farm owned by a Goomeri woman and the pair bonded while their sons served in Afghanistan.

"My son came home and hers did not," Mrs Lederhose said.

"We are very, very close.

"She was thrilled to bits that her goat photo took out the prize."

 

Mrs Lederhose also won the main prize of $2200 for an aerial view of farmland around Murgon.

The image was captured while Mrs Lederhose was flying with her brother, Murgon businessman Allan Mollenhaer.

"He bought an old Cessna and took me for a fly around the South Burnett," she said.

"The views from the air are just amazing, you can see all these wonderful patterns and textures on the land."

Mrs Lederhose took a few hundred photos back to her studio and got to work.

The decision to enter was made at the last minute.

"I saw the prize was coming up but I didn't have time to get down to Kingaroy to enter," she said.

"I took four paintings to the Kingaroy Art Gallery a couple of months ago to sell in the shop so I rang up and asked if they could put them into the show."

Mrs Lederhose has been a practising artist for the past 15 years and this is the largest amount of money she has won.

Recently Mrs Lederhose worked as a watercolour tutor at the McGregor Summer School held at the University of South Queensland in Toowoomba.

She also produced an episode of Colour in Your Life television series.

"A television crew came up to Mundubbera and filmed me painting a picture," she said.

Most recently Mrs Lederhose was called on to judge the Wondai Garden Expo Competition at Wondai Art Gallery.

The David Bryce Art Award will hang in Kingaroy Art Gallery through April and May.

It drew entrants from across Southeast Queensland.

About $5500 in prizemoney was on offer.

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