FOR WAYNE: Thelma Archibald next to her art piece, Wooroolin Wetlands. A piece her late husband Wayne loved.
FOR WAYNE: Thelma Archibald next to her art piece, Wooroolin Wetlands. A piece her late husband Wayne loved. Matt Collins

Late husband loved Thelma's artwork

SOUTH Burnett artist Thelma Archibald has had one of the toughest weeks of her life.

Her loving husband and her biggest fan, Wayne, passed away suddenly last week.

Putting on a brave face, Mrs Archibald attended the opening of the Kingaroy Art Gallery exhibition, Fifty Shades of Colour, on Saturday.

The established artist said her husband loved her art so much he never wanted her to sell any.

"He showed the pieces off to his mates, he just loved it,” she said.

"That's why when I put it in my exhibitions, they were always not for sale.”

The couple were in the process of downsizing and they had agreed to sell some of Thelma's pieces.

Mrs Archibald said it was a good feeling when somebody purchased one of her pieces.

"I figure with art, you can give people something and they appreciate it,” she said.

"When people buy it, they buy it because they have fallen in love with it.”

Wayne's funeral was held the day before the art gallery exhibition and Mrs Archibald remembered a loving man who supported her whole-heartedly.

"His last name was Collier and when we got married I said to him, 'I am not changing my name',” she said.

"He said 'why?' and I said, 'people might remember me one day when I am dead and gone and you'll always be known as Thelma Archibald's husband.

"He was happy with that.”

During the exhibition, one of Thelma's impressive pieces was purchased.

It is called, Wooroolin Wetlands and it was one of Wayne's favourites.

"He always liked the spot when we moved here,” Mrs Archibald said.

Thelma used a series of photos which Wayne had taken to create the piece.

"My husband always took a lot of photos,” she said.

"He liked sunsets and windmills and things like that.”

Thelma remembers her husband as a man who was a big part of the community.

"He did lots of things for tourism and the chamber of commerce, as well as promoting my art,” she said.

"He was a very supportive husband.”

The Kingaroy art exhibition will run until Wednesday, February 27.

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