The interview: Continuing our series in which we feature the interesting, offbeat and innovative lives of our Coast neighbours
PASTELS, pencils, water colours or oils, in fact specialising in any one of the fine arts is Carolyn Sheather's joy but the 57-year-old admits being an artist in the studio can be fairly solitary life so, when you can share your time and your talent with other people, it's "magic."
For her the ultimate is to take a group of local creatives to exotic locations like the Greek Islands, Italy and France just as she has done for the last five years. In that time she has had six art tutoring tours and another two are planned for June and October.
Award-winning Carolyn lives at Palmwoods and she told Seniors "The first visit to the Greek Islands in 2011 was a trip of a lifetime. We had artists from all over the Sunshine Coast, even some from Cairns and Victoria.
"The locations were wonderful, everything you can imagine-blue water, olive trees, white buildings, colourful fishing boats, bougainvillea..."
So how did a fine arts specialist get from the Sunshine Coast to the Greek Isles? "I had a friend who introduced me to an art tour company which did tours to the islands and we decided to work together. The first tour was for three weeks.
"This year in June the tour to the islands will last 19 days. Our tour facilitator lives on Kalymnos, one of the three islands on the tour but it also includes an optional excursion to Turkey to visit the coastal town of Bodrum. I will do the art facilitation."
Later, in October, she will take another group to Italy visiting Venice, Orvieto and Rome which she describes as "visually and culturally stunning." That Tour is also facilitated by a local tour guide.
Carolyn came to the Queensland 24 years ago from Victoria, living first in Hervey Bay for four years, then Maleny for nine years before moving to Palmwoods ten years ago. She is highly regarded as an artist and teacher and conducts workshops in towns like Maleny, Kenilworth and Landsborough.
Five years ago she introduced her successful pastel classes to the Noosa Arts and Crafts Association at Wallace House, Noosaville.