Rachel Hannan of Wentworth Falls is having a solo show at Day Gallery throughout May.
This collection of more than 30 works is all very recent, mostly painted in early 2021.
It is a mix of still lifes and landscapes of the Mountains. She has featured flowers from her garden and friends, and native flora collected and observed from her neighbourhood around Wentworth Falls lake, placed with objects from around her home, all painted from life.
The landscapes feature her favourite places that have been transformed after the fires and rains, painted in her thick, energetic impasto style that mimics the wild, windy precipices within a few kilometres of her home.
"After the bewildering accumulation of events in 2020, I felt very fortunate to be living where I do and surrounded by the people I love," she said. "These paintings contain tiny, delicate beauties like the pink flannel flowers and Christmas Bells that miraculously bloomed after so much devastation had ravaged the vast wilderness."
The Big and the Small of It is a show about the balance of all things, the details and exquisiteness that can be found in the overwhelmingly precarious reality of the dramatic Mountains.
The exhibition is on at Day Gallery, Blackheath from May 8-23. Hannan will be at the gallery on Saturday May 8 between 1-4pm to meet with and talk about her work. To view online, go to www.daygallery.com.au.