Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery’s local artist of the month, Prudence Coburn’s artwork, exposes nature’s complexities and beauty in a simple way. 

Prudence has been a self-proclaimed creative since her youth and an avid believer in continually gaining knowledge to hone her craft. She attributes her Studio Art high school studies to discovering her affinity for sculpture. Being encouraged to move between different mediums gave her an opportunity to use her drawing skill to generate ideas for her sculpture pieces. 

Prudence’s accolades and achievements throughout her schooling and undergraduate studies include the Geoffrey P. Fink Scholarship, Phillip Russel Prize for Fine Arts and Macquaries Group Selection Prize. The latter was awarded for her Top Art 2016 sculpture, “Simply sticks ‘n’ Stability and displayed at the Ian Potter Centre in the National Gallery of Victoria. 

She furthered her artistic knowledge and skills while studying Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of Arts at Melbourne University.  A Melbourne University Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) graduate in 2018, Prudence moved to the Surf Coast and found her muse in her coastal surroundings. 

Amid the pandemic, Prudence moved to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, where her environmental inspirations have evolved, and her artistic style is along with it. Her deeper interest visibly influences her artistic creations in marine life. 

But Prudence’s roots are still there. 

She continues to draw inspiration for her study of sculpture, experimenting with various materials to see how they work together or create conflict. Her evolved style explores her marine life interest, simultaneously delving into the human form and abstract representation of landscapes. 

Prudence utilises and focuses on the simplicity of the elements of point, line and texture to create depth and intricate detail in her artworks.

A lifelong learner, she is working at a Paint & Sip company and working towards a Certificate in Small Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast; To expand her knowledge and pair it with her self-taught online marketing skills to continue prioritising her artwork sales. 

Prudence’s artworks are currently on show in multiple locations, with the collective intent of encouraging people to view natural elements simply and beautifully.

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