What happens when poets start painting?

Poetry and painting share many connections, but what happens when a poet picks up the paintbrush to create visual art?
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For centuries visual artists have looked to poetry for creative inspiration, while poets have been drawn to certain artworks, which surface vividly in their writing.

These interchanges between art forms are for the most-part well documented and widely known. The most famous examples are perhaps the Pre-Raphaelite painters, whose works are often closely linked with literary counterparts (John William Waterhouse’s painting The Lady of Shalott (1888) which references Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem of the same name, for example).

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).