SKILLED: Alanah Harris loves drawing pictures of animals using graphite pencils on paper.
SKILLED: Alanah Harris loves drawing pictures of animals using graphite pencils on paper. Contributed

Your Story: Alanah's passion shows in pictures

I GREW up in Longreach and moved to Gladstone about a year-and-a-half ago with my partner.

I am a graphite artist with a passion for horses.

Although I enjoy drawing all animals, I love to capture the spirit of the horse.

However, I am unable to draw people.

When drawing I try to get as much detail in as I can.

I do this by working on a small part at a time, and gradually build up the depth and shading until I have the desired result.

When growing up I always loved to draw and in my later teen years I tried painting. 

Unfortunately this didn't work out as well as I hoped.

Once, while mum and dad were on holiday, I decided to paint our bathroom.

Mum was quite shocked when they got home as she now had bright coloured butterflies all over her walls.

Unfortunately it looked as though a young child had done it… I was 18.

I now stick to graphite pencils on paper and have won many prizes for my drawings.

These include two first prizes at the Gladstone Show this year, as well as first, second and Grand Champion at Mt Larcom Show.

I am now looking forward to the Rio Tinto Martin Hansen Art Prize in October.

This will be my first art competition and I must say I am a little nervous.

I would love to say a big thank you to mum and dad (Di and Arthur Harris) for the love, support and encouragement that you have given me over the years.

Not only have you supported me with my art but in everything I do (even when I painted your bathroom).



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