THE inspiration for an award-winning artwork can come from just about anywhere.
Sculptor Susanne Fraser on Friday was one of fifteen award-winners at the 30th annual Byron Bay Arts Classic, and her sculpture, Virtuous Place, was inspired by another continent.
"It's based on my interest in Chinese cultures and a woman's place in a lot of Asian cultures," Ms Fraser told The Northern Star.
The sculpture was a horse with no legs and had flowers and birds on it.
Ms Fraser said she was "stunned" when they announced her as the winner.
"I thought it must have been a mistake," she said.
Ms Fraser won the prestigious Mayor Acquisitive Prize category and Byron Shire Council purchased Virtuous Place to put on display.
Ms Fraser can add the award to her growing list of achievements, which include the Woollam Waltzing Matilda Outback Prize (2011) and the Border Art Prize (2010).
Another award-winner, Annique Goldenberg, took out the Works on Paper category for her bleach on card artwork, Adam's Ale.
"(Ale) is an old English expression for water," she said. "There's references to Genesis in there and the biblical Adam and Eve."
Ms Goldenberg used water in the artwork to make the theme and artwork convincing.
She said winning the award was an important step in her career.
"It's a great affirmation that you're on the right track, especially from the calibre of judges they had," she said.
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