With a paintbrush in his hand, a blank canvas in front of him, and a passion to let his talents flow as freely as the colours he chooses to work with, Marc Stillhard smiles happily as he brings another artistic creation to life.
For the past two years, the 20-year-old has been attending art classes twice a week with local educator and teacher Kerrie Spiers at the Yamba Art Space Gallery, developing his skills across a broad range of mediums including drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and his favourite, painting.
During the past 18 months, the emerging artist has been exploring self-employment opportunities, and promoting his artwork to the Clarence Valley community and visitors to the region, by exhibiting at the Yamba Art Space Gallery and selling his creative merchandise including stickers and original designs printed on t-shirts at the Yamba Farmers Market.
And his artistic profile is continuing to draw an increasing number of admiring customers.
With the support of Ms Spiers and his loving family, Mr Stillhard said he is excited to pursue a full-time career as an artist and would love to have his own art gallery one day.
“Marc works very hard, he’s always willing and ready to learn, he loves art and he’s very excited to share his work with people,” Ms Spiers said proudly.
“He did very well at the last farmers market in Yamba.
“He loves painting animals and the designs on his t-shirts have been popular, but the most popular one is a shark and stingray design which many people love.
“Marc is very talented, and he has a very unique style, and he’s having a lot of fun selling art at the market.”
Describing Ms Spiers as “a good and lovely teacher,” Mr Stillhard said he has a lot of fun during his art classes and loves to paint his favourite animal, the owl.
And when he isn’t busy transforming a plain canvas into another creative masterpiece, Mr Stillhard is happy to help Ms Spiers prepare for upcoming exhibitions in the gallery.
Anyone interested in viewing or purchasing one of Mr Stillhard’s original artworks is invited to visit the Yamba Art Space Gallery.
Opening hours are between 10am and 2:30pm, Wednesday through to Saturday and on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Mr Stillhard is currently creating new artworks and designs to sell at the Yamba Farmers Market on December 1.