ARTIST Amanda Edwards never expected her humble biro and colour pencil drawing of a unique landmark to win not one but two awards at the Queanbeyan City Council Regional Art Award.
The artwork, titled 'Twilight on the Rotunda', depicts the concrete relic situated on the grounds of Queanbeyan Park.
It received the Highly Commended Award and recently took out the People's Choice Award.
"Winning awards is a good way to pay the bills," Miss Edwards, 50, said with a laugh.
"I feel good because I've achieved something with my life that I'm happy with. Now I know what sort of medium is the best one for me to work with. I did half of this piece in black and white biro and the other half with colour pencils."
The awards are a coup for the full-time artist who suffers from mental and physical disabilities after falling off a horse at the age of 23.
"I had a major head injury coming off a racing sulky in the races in Perth. We were racing pony trotters, I was exercising a pony and came off the side and cracked my skull all the way around and my jaw came out and ever since then I've been up and down, up and down."
But the 50-year-old doesn't let her disabilities stop her, in fact just the opposite.
"I'm not allowed to drive a car and I forget things," she said. "I'm not allowed to have kids, I have two kids by the way and I wasn't allowed to ride horses again but I still ride horses now."
Miss Edwards grew up in Canberra and moved to this side of the border about eight years ago. She was inspired to immortalise the rotunda when she was walking through town one day.
"The theme was Queanbeyan's 175 years of history and I went around looking for something to draw. I was walking in the park and saw [the rotunda] there ... and I just went from there. I like the dome shape, it looks like a little theatre. It's a pretty cool place," she said.
"I read on the internet that there's only two of them alike in Australia although I don't know where the other one is."
Miss Edwards said she looks forward to entering more competitions buoyed on by her wins. She is currently working on a series of artworks to the theme of "seasons" for the Queanbeyan Art Society Competition.
She said drawing keeps her hands busy and her mind occupied.
"Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I've been drawing, I'm self-taught. Using biro, pens, charcoal, pencils, paints, any medium," she said.
"When you're growing up in a household where's there's not much room to do much else and all you've got available is a biro and a piece of paper, that's what you do."