Artist wins people's choice at exhibition

Photo: Maggie's Photography

Photo: Maggie's Photography

A 20-year old Kangaroo Island artist, Chantal Leonhardt, has won the People's Choice prize for her exquisitely detailed pencil drawing, A New Voice.

It was hung alongside 90 entries from more than 30 local artists in the Kangaroo Island Art Society's recent exhibition, A Fresh Start.

The prize was an added bonus as her work also took out first prize in the exhibition's youth category.

"I'm grateful that people appreciate my art because it gives me inspiration to keep creating," Chantal said.

About 130 visitors to the exhibition voted for the People's Choice prize and Chantal was the stand-out winner.

"A New Voice is an exploration of how being lost in our thoughts can manifest as the physical world becoming overwhelming and uncertain," she said.

"The drawing symbolises the strength and courage it takes to listen to our own voice, take ownership of it and let it echo out into reality."

Chantal studied art through her school years at KICE and then at a mainland school then self-directed learning via on-line art tutorials, dominated her 2020 gap year.

"I'd like to expand my watercolour skills and the story-telling aspects of my art," she said.

"I usually plan all my pieces, but with A New Voice, the ideas came through as I reflected and worked on it.

"So, sometimes the pieces you don't plan can take you by surprise in the end."

Chantal is certainly an exciting new creative voice.

The Kangaroo Island Art Society hopes she will one day have time to join the co-operative as an exhibiting member, alongside her grandmother, Wendy Leonhardt and aunt, Coral Duncan.