Photo gallery: Vicky beats cancer and fights for her passion
VICKY Wilkinson gave up a lot of things during her cancer treatment, but her artwork was not one of them.
Mrs Wilkinson was one of more than 150 artists who entered work in the South Burnett's Acquisitive Art Competition celebrated at the weekend.
Mrs Wilkinson was enormously proud of her clay creations, but she said it was not an easy road to get to where she was now.
"When I was going through cancer treatment, I was so sick it took me a year to do one doll," she said.
"It was difficult, but I thought 'no it's not going to stop me'."
Four years since her diagnosis, Mrs Wilkinson said she was since cleared and could throw herself completely into her love of art.
A passionate artist now, she said this was not always the case.
"I started sculpting late in life," she said.
"When my husband had some clay left over one day and couldn't use it, I said 'give me a go'.
"He said 'no you can't do anything artistic'.
"And I thought 'well I'll show you'."
Now an award- winning artist, the Kumbia woman said she couldn't be more proud to showcase her art.
"It's exhilarating to see so many clever people and their artwork in the one place," she said.
Mrs Wilkinson was joined by Tingoora artist Robyn Dower who took out first prize of $1500 for her artwork titled 'The Cattle', a painting of her "beautiful babies in the paddock".
Mrs Dower also won the People's Choice award for her painting 'The Chase'.