A picture says a thousand words but a painting can too. The work of Marilyn Patton in her new Nature's Gifts exhibition explores the beauty of Tasmania through the medium of oil painting.
Patton, of Ulverstone, said she came to Tasmania in 2013 from the High Plains in the United States where there were no trees.
"There is so much wonderful flora and fauna here that painting these is a way of me connecting with the new landscape and getting used to it, and there is much beauty here," she said.
One of her paintings captures Black River on the northwest coast. Patton said it was "like an Eden," "so still and beautiful".
"I wanted to convey that spirit of peacefulness," she said.
The exhibition took the artist about a year and a half to put together.
All the paintings in Nature's Gifts are created from oil paint, but the artist also works with other mediums.
Patton said she paints almost every day, and has a small space at home where she paints. She also rents a bigger studio space at Deloraine where she paints at two days a week.
Her artistic process starts with forming the concept of what it is she wants to paint and then developing how she wants to convey it to people. From there, she decides on the best configuration and size for the piece.
Drawings and designs are the next part of the process so she can determine how it looks. Then she does an under painting before finally adding the colour.
"I'll fiddle with it for awhile," she said.
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Patton said she felt that a painting always needed a good spot of colour to make it appealing to the eye.
Some of her work also includes painting reflections and shadows. She said to do this it takes careful consideration of what you are looking at.
"It's really carefully looking to see what you're seeing and the to reproduce that to the best of your ability," she said.
Patton said she never had specific instruction with her work but sought instruction when she retired and moved to Tasmania so she could really develop her talent.
"I really have enjoyed painting each one of them and so I look at them and I think 'wow look at them all together'. Its been great," she said.
"There's some things that are really peaceful and other things that are full of colour and energy. Something for everybody."
Patton lives in a small space so she did not see the work come together until it was hanging on the exhibition walls, but the theme rings quite true throughout.
The pandemic did not hinder the artist producing this exhibition as she was able to continue painting from home while restrictions were in place.
The exhibition will run from September 28-October 24 at Gallery Pejean and is free to enter.
All the artwork on show is for sale.and more information can be found at https://www.gallerypejean.com.au/.