Photographer Garry Trinh is looking forward to having the space to work on his painting and drawing techniques when he takes up a residency at the Parramatta Artists Studio.
ONE of 14 artists offered a residency at the Parramatta Artists Studio Garry Trinh has been a photographer for more than 20 years but plans to his time to develop his drawing and painting skills.
Known for his candid photos which record daily encounters and unexpected coincidences, the Ashfield resident wants to continue that exploration using paintings to record personal stories from friends, family and the conversations overheard between strangers.
He admits changing mediums after is a little daunting but says he feels as if he has reached an "end-point" with his photographic work, although he plans to keep a camera around to capture "unexpected, surprising and odd moments".
"I feel like I needed a new conversation with new people, new surroundings," he said.
"That uncertainty can be very scary for an artist but being surrounded by like-minded people at the Artists Studio gives me a lot of support and security.
"Being surrounded by artists working in all other these mediums means I can get advice, tips and support and you get feedback from all the people in the Sydney art world who come through here.
"I'm really looking forward to being here and developing a routine and a habit of drawing and wanting to paint."
A record 85 artists applied for a space at the Studio and City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson said the selection of artists from Western Sydney and beyond, brought with them "a wealth of cultural and creative experience".
"Artists can be a resource for a city and the artists applying for the studios are sending a clear message that they are eager to be based in Parramatta," he said.