Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"I created this painting simply because I love what the Guy Sebastian song represents. It's about bullying. The song encourages us not to quit and give up because others think we should. To me, the song is like heaven's rain washing away anxiety and fear, challenging us to not give up despite opposition. I also wanted to honour the Sebastian Foundation who support youth mental health in a big way."
Lyne Johnson is from country Queensland. She loved art at school, but it was not considered a suitable trade in her family.
Around 20 years ago, Lyne had a change in circumstances that led to her picking up the brush again. Lyne found that painting helped reduce anxiety and depression.
After many years of practice and study, Lyne could finally see that her art gift did have potential. Lyne has mainly exhibited her work in the local shows, receiving many awards. She has also done some private commission work.
Everything Australian is her favourite theme to draw on, including landscapes, seascapes and works inspired by Dorothea Mackellar's poem, 'My Country'. More recently, Lyne has found greater depth in her work by exploring soundscapes.