Seashells’ artists collect their life-size cows for CowParade Margaret River

Media Release
12 November 2009

Seashells’ artists collect their life-size cows for CowParade Margaret River

WA artists Emma Blyth and Kylie Porter-Rath came face to face with their most challenging canvases this week when they took delivery of their CowParade Margaret River life-size cows.

Emma and Kylie were selected by CowParade Margaret River Official Hotel Partner, Seashells Hospitality Group, to each paint a cow that will be exhibited at Caves House and Seashells Yallingup during the event, which takes place from 1 March to 27 June 2010.

These cows will be two of up to 100 being painted for exhibition, or ‘out to pasture’ around the Margaret River region in what is one of the world’s most famous public art events.

These fibreglass cows will not stay white for long. Both of the Seashells cows will be painted in in iconic West Australian imagery, with Emma’s to reflect the colours of the Kimberley, and Kylie’s inspiration – the WA Wheatbelt.

Emma said the Australian outback inspired her with it’s unique colours, remoteness and wildlife.

“My cow canvas will show cockies flying over our spectacular Bungle Bungles, kangaroos hopping over the rich red Kimberley dust and colourful wildflowers glowing in the hot sun,” she said.

Kylie said her cow would portray the beautiful West Australian Wheatbelt, capturing its symphony of abundant life.

“My contemporary style of painting is rich with detail and vibrant colour inspired by the Australian spirit – reflecting my experience and personal connection with the Australian countryside having grown up in the Wheatbelt, and travelling extensively through regional Australia.

“I think Australia is still the land of opportunity for those who are prepared to follow their dream.

Kylie and Emma both have a longtime connection with Seashells, each having artwork featured throughout each of Seashells’ 4.5 star apartments in Mandurah, Broome, Scarborough and Yallingup.

Other artists busying themselves with blank bovines include renown Australian artists Ken Done and Robert Juniper.

Visit and the Caves House and Seashells Facebook pages for updates on Emma and Kylie’s progress and for more information on CowParade Margaret River go to

Kylie Porter and bubble wrap cow Emma Blythe and bubble wrap cow 2

Seashells Hospitality Group Artists Kylie Porter-Rath (left) and Emma Blyth (right) pose with one of their bovine blank canvases and examples of their striking artwork.

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