In Our Gallery with Henrika Ambrutyte

Henrika's artwork, titled 'Reach for the moon if you dare', was inspired by a moment captured in Bundaberg and the meaning of life.

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How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?

I have been an artist for a while and it started with me painting at school.

It is only recently that I have decided to show my work to the public.

What was the inspiration behind this piece?

This artwork was born from a photograph I took in Bundaberg.

I was sitting one night and looking at the moon and there was a ladder at the family's house.

I remember thinking that I am going to create an artwork based on that.

I was feeling inspired and was thinking about the meaning of life.

What medium was used and how long did your artwork take to complete?

The artwork is on canvas, I used acrylic paints, spray paints and gold leafing.

It has taken me five to seven months to complete, as I would add a little bit to it and then leave it and come back to it later.

What are some of your artistic highlights?

One of my highlights is entering the Here + Now exhibition as this is the first time I've tried to exhibit my work.

It has been a big step, as my artwork used to be just for me or my family to see.

It is an unbelievable feeling seeing part of you and your work being analysed by the public, hoping that they would 'see' what you have created.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love to express myself and also send a message.

'Reach for the moon if you dare' sends a message to go out there and get the things you want in life.

Take a risk, it is not going to be easy, but regret is worse.

I also love experimenting with different materials and colours.

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