Carnarvon is something of an artistic hub for local creatives, and Sue Helmot is one of its leading figures. A painter who embodies a deep love and connection to the Gascoyne landscape, Sue partnered with the Gascoyne Food Council in 2018 as their first artist-in-residence, a role which led to her first solo exhibition later that year.
This year, her exhibition – Frontier of Food - explores the contrasting landscapes of the Gascoyne and the people who derive a living from the land. The paintings display a landscape that’s raw, isolated and beautiful, something which is central to Sue’s desire to reflect the Gascoyne’s unique personality. “In my paintings I like to emphasise the beauty in what others could easily overlook or not consciously notice until it’s captured in my work,” says Sue. “The Gascoyne has a wild energy that’s difficult to describe in words but readily expressed through my art.”