Jane Stapleford exhibition at Day Gallery in Blackheath

Jane Stapleford watercolour: Late afternoon, Blackheath duck pond.
Jane Stapleford watercolour: Late afternoon, Blackheath duck pond.

Blackheath artist Jane Stapleford has put together a menagerie for her latest exhibition at Day Gallery.

Ducks and dogs, kookaburras and cockatoos, rosellas and roos all feature in a collection of watercolours that opens at the gallery in Govetts Leap Road on March 16.

"In all my works, whether featuring animals, mythic creatures or, in this exhibition, mostly birds, I strive to ensure that each character or creature is vibrantly, unmistakably alive," she said.

"I have developed my use of watercolour to be confident and strong in order to add a hyper-reality to the sense of presence in each image."

From a series of Pacific Black Ducks at the local duck pond to a currawong with a grape in her own backyard, Stapleford said she hoped viewers of her works "automatically attach themselves to the scene as though looking at it from the bedroom window on a sunny morning, full or understanding and empathy".

Menagerie is at Day Gallery, 27-29 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, from March 16-31. Open Friday-Monday 10am-5pm. Official opening Saturday, March 16 from 2-4pm.

Kismet in her garden of earthly delights

Kismet in her garden of earthly delights