Jean Kane & Sharon Kane.
Jean Kane & Sharon Kane. Contributed

South End inspires Jean's water-themed art exhibition

THE opening of local artist Jean Kane's latest exhibit couldn't be described as anything other than a success.

The exhibition Island Art at Tondoon Botanic Gardens is one of many for the veteran artist who has been painting for 35 years.

And one not to be missed by any Gladstone resident who shares the same love of our coastline as Ms Kane.

"I live at South End, right on the beach," Ms Kane said.

"The whole exhibition is really a water theme inspired by the view I have from my home.

"I have lived here for 18-and-a-half years."

Ms Kane's paintings are varied, some created using charcoal and others with oil and acrylic paints.

"I used to do a lot of oil, but I have just changed to acrylic because they are so good these days," she said.

The pieces range from $50 to $850 and while Ms Kane has a few favourites in the collection - her most precious two are already spoken for.

Ms Kane is described by friends as having a "heart of gold" and over the years has regularly donated paintings to worthy causes including Rotary, RSPCA, Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Services, Port Curtis Day Respite and Breast Cancer Research, assisting them with their fundraising.

Jean, by profession, is a teacher and taught primary school pupils in Gladstone. Today she is more than happy to give advice to upcoming artists.

By the sea

What: The Jean Kane Island Art Exhibition

Venue: Tondoon Botanic Gardens - in rooms near the Kiosk

The exhibition is open daily from 9am-4pm

Closing Date: Sunday 29/11/2015

All artwork displayed is available to purchase.