Rathdowney artist Nika Norman wins two awards for pastel paintings at Ipswich Show

RATHDOWNEY artist and retired school teacher Nika Norman has taken out two prizes at the Ipswich Show for her pastel paintings.

TOP AWARDS: Nika Norman with her winning artwork. Photo: supplied

TOP AWARDS: Nika Norman with her winning artwork. Photo: supplied

Ms Norman, who has tasted success at the event previously, won first prize in the open section and received second prize in the fauna category.

Her winning pastel painting of a grass tree was inspired by photos taken in the Scenic Rim.

"I took some (photos) out at Wild Mountain, Spicers Gap and wherever we could see grass trees," Ms Norman said.

"I was quite pleased when the grass trees won first prize in the open section.

"That is for any medium or any subject matter, and anybody from in the area or out of the area could enter."

Ms Norman said she had won a few awards at the Ipswich Show previously, including when she moved to Rathdowney from Sydney about four years ago.

"I entered and got a first and second," she said.

"We also entered the Ekka, and I got second for my drawing.

"I entered the Boonah and Beaudesert show too ... and did quite well."

TALENTED: Nika Norman and Kel Burgess of Rathdowney. Ms Norman picked up two awards at the Ipswich Show. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

TALENTED: Nika Norman and Kel Burgess of Rathdowney. Ms Norman picked up two awards at the Ipswich Show. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

Ms Norman said she spent about five hours working on each of her winning pieces.

She owns Frog Hollow Studio and Gallery overlooking Mount Maroon, runs private art classes and organises a mosaic group.

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