LIKE a footballer making their debut or a musician before their first live performance, there are few people as excited as an artist on the eve of their first exhibition opening.
For Horsham artist Emily Friedrichsen-Hay, her excitement will come to a head when her See the World in Black and White exhibition is unveiled on Friday at Red Rock Books and Gallery.
Items she contributed to Redrock’s Women Inspiring Change exhibition earlier in the year sparked a number of people to inquire about her work.
“They said ‘does this artist have any more?’ – I was quite taken aback being called an artist,” she said.
Friedrichsen-Hay’s process involves taking a photo, manipulating it in Photoshop and then painting the image on canvas.
The photos in this exhibition have been inspired by her love of travel and many of the images are from her trips to the United States and Europe.
“You draw it up after you manipulate the image and you’re looking at the shapes thinking that looks nothing like that picture,” she said.
“It takes until you paint it and fill in the gaps until you actually see the image come to life.”
Friedrichsen-Hay has been working on the exhibition since February and juggles art with her busy schedule as a drama and art teacher at Horsham College.
After the exhibition opening, Friedrichsen-Hay will dash up the street for the second performance of the Horsham College musical Alice In Wonderland.
She is producing the show in Wesley Performing Arts Centre.
Freidrichsen-Hay said the works would be for sale with prices ranging from $60 to $200.
See the World in Black and White will open at 6pm at Red Rock Books and Gallery, 65 Firebrace Street, Horsham.