Painter exhibits dot works in NAIDOC Week exhibition
SEEING her artwork hung in the Gladstone Art Gallery is a proud moment for Patricia Coleman.
As an artist who specialises in dot painting, Ms Coleman creates intricate, colourful designs and depictions of sea creatures and animals including the rainbow serpent.
"I love to do turtles, but I haven't got any this year," Ms Coleman said.
Her art is part of a NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week exhibition at the gallery.
"To me it's just to showcase our culture," Ms Coleman said.
"That should be done every week though, not just NAIDOC Week."
Ms Coleman is of Torres Strait Islander descent and member of the Bailai tribe (also written as Byellee), which boundaries lie in the Gladstone region.
She is a self-taught artist and has been creating for about 20 years, but she also did a Deakin University visual arts course from 1997-2000.
Ms Coleman said art for her was a relaxing hobby.
"The thing that takes the most is the ideas," she said.
"Once you have got that down ... I don't know, just get lost. I just sit there and dot my life away."