Frances McMahon’s “Sulphur-crested Cockatoos”.

A CANBERRA artist has gained the $15,000 Greatest in Present within the sixth Holmes Prize for Excellence in Reasonable Australian Hen Artwork 2022.

Frances McMahon, the one entrant from the ACT, was judged first amongst 35 finalists chosen Australia large for the prize, based by Gary Holmes and his spouse Margaret Anderson in 2015 and is run by the Buddies of the Regional Gallery in Caloundra.

McMahon’s profitable work “Exhibiting Off (Sulphur-crested Cockatoos)” took 168 hours to finish. Developed over a few years, her approach consists of airbrushed liquid acrylic backgrounds, with the primary work accomplished in watercolour and gouache.

Artist Francis McMahon with visitor choose Peter Marsack on the announcement. 

Though she has lived in Canberra for many of her life, McMahon was born in Armidale. She has been portray birds since age 5 and bought her first portray when she was 14 to Paul Ashton Delprat, principal of the Julian Ashton Artwork College.

Visitor choose Peter Marsack mentioned of her work: “It’s a faultless portray. Its approach is spot-on. The birds are full of life, lighting is great and really difficult. The construction of the birds is strictly proper, the habitat is superb.”

McMahon says of her cockatoos: “These two characters captured within the final rays of the afternoon solar, have been raucously screeching and fanning out their spectacular yellow crests in a gum tree near my balcony.”

The exhibition is at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Queensland.