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Reflecting on changing landscape

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Australian artist Rebecca Rath will release a series of paintings and works on paper inspired by the beautiful Hunter Valley.

Each artwork reflects on the changing Hunter landscape, with a focus on Pokolbin, Lambs Valley, Broke, Fordwich, Elderslie and Vacy.

She brings together a body of work which was created during the last warm months of summer. They reflect the harsh yet beautifully serene and tranquil aspects of the valley – soft light, evening shadows, warm evenings and smoky days of recent bushfires.

“I delight in the challenge of capturing her wildness and beauty,” Rath said.

“Putting brush to canvas to explain her emotional side.

“My intuitive brush marks are on occasion rough and wild. Energetic, free and vibrant.

“She isn’t a landscape to romanticise.”

Rath boasts more than 20 years of experience making, teaching and sharing her passion of art.

She has a BFA Hons from University of NSW and lives with her family on a small vineyard in picturesque Pokolbin.

Shifting Symbols: A Hunter Valley Story will be open on Friday 20 March from 6pm to 8pm and closes on Sunday 5 April.

The exhibition is being shown at Art Systems Wickham (40 Annie Street, Wickham). Visit art-systems-wickham.com for more information.

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