Artist of the Outback Creative - Jacqueline Curley
Who are your Influences?
My Dad, Jack Hasted gave me a camera when I left home to go to boarding school in Townsville thinking I could take Images of my rural life to make me a little less homesick. This was the beginning of my love affair with outback photography. As a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) I enjoy their seminars to discuss techniques and update my skills with other photographers
Where in Australian do you find is your best source of inspiration?
Where I live, on the Gipsy Plains Brahman Stud cattle properties in North West Queensland which abound in natural beauty rich and rare. The variety of country ranges out from the majestic ghost gums along the Cloncurry river to ochre red soils with green spiky spinifex and black soil plains. The magnificent sunsets and sunrises reflecting off stock water dams, and the delicate pink hues of the ripening flinders grass are a constant source of inspiration.
What do you find are the most difficult subjects to capture/ paint/ draw?
Photographing cattle is my field of expertise and they can be the most challenging of subjects. It can take from two minutes to two hours to get the perfect image.
What makes you start to create a piece and how do you know when you are finished?
Many of my works are spontaneous images taken during my working day and depict daily life on on an outback cattle station. Often, the final click of the camera button will be the image I use from a shoot, you “know” you have it! Do you
have an artwork you are most proud of and why?
Brahman Motherly Love is my signature image. This encompasses my love for brahman cattle, and has achieved a silver award in the Victorian AIPP awards. Dolly’s Blue Dawn is another powerful image from which all purchase profits of this canvas are donated to the Dolly’s Dream Foundation, to help other children from the trauma if bullying.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without?
I use a variety of Nikon equipment and I love my 800 for field work.
Where do you see yourself in two years time?
Within a few years I will be reaching out to national and international audiences with the outback images that give me the get up and go to jump out of bed each day.
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