She made her name in fashion, but Prue Acton's art has a beauty that speaks for itself, writes Michael Winkler.
"Melbourne is such fun!" she says. "There are so many things on, so much to see. But that doesn't bring peace, doesn't bring the quietude I needed to become a painter."
She has had four previous solo shows. "I can pull a big crowd. It's very daunting to be showing in Melbourne, but my work's getting better all the time. I've been selling very well. People buy five and six at a time."
While the Acton name might get people through the door, does she experience sniffiness from the art in-crowd? "I have some friends in the art world who say it doesn't work for me at all, because people come in doubly critical and look for faults. 'Oh, she's just a face.' But I've had some good crits, and while a lot of people don't want my work, those that do love it."