The early bird depicts a young girl on her confirmation day in 1974 at St Cecilia’s Anglican Church in Chinchilla, Queensland. The church walls are dotted from the ground to the roof in coloured stained-glass crosses and at night it glows from the inside out, casting cellophane symbols into the darkness.
The artist has explored the theme through the light of church stained glass, childhood memories and change. The way that the young girl is portrayed, in an ethereal light as she experiences her confirmation, emits the lustre of the stained glass glowing with the sun. A technically proficient work that captures a nostalgic moment.
Hyland is an artist living and working in Chinchilla on the Western Downs. She finds inspiration in the everyday, and believes beauty is everywhere if you only take the time to look.