Val­ley vi­sions in­spire artist

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

THE land­scapes of the Der­went Val­ley and Cen­tral High­lands have been im­mor­talised in the brush­strokes of a lo­cal artist.

Stephanie Tabram, who lives and works in New Nor­folk, is show­ing her lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, The Way It Is Out Here, at Bett Gallery in North Ho­bart.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 13 paint­ings — mostly land­scapes with some still life and an­i­mal por­traits — and is on show un­til Mon­day.

Tabram said the paint­ings were in­spired by her sur­round­ings.

“Ev­ery­thing sort of stems from the South­ern High­lands, most of the land­scapes come south of Both­well down through to Ouse and that sort of area,” Tabram said.

“The live­stock and the still lives, I’ve imag­ined them into that space.”

It is not just The Way It Is Out Here that draws on the re­gion — the Der­went Val­ley has long been a source of in­spi­ra­tion for Tabram.

“I’ve lived in Tas­ma­nia now for over 25 years, and in that time I’ve based sev­eral ex­hi­bi­tions around the Val­ley,” she said.

“I haven’t made ref­er­ence to it, but that’s where the images have come from for a lot of my work. It’s a been a fairly ma­jor source of work for me.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion opened on Novem­ber 24, and Tabram has been over­whelmed by the pub­lic re­sponse to her work to date.

“I’m so pleased with the re­sponse, it’s been won­der­ful,” she said.

“The gallery has kept [in touch] with what’s been go­ing on, and it’s just won­der­ful be­cause peo­ple have been com­ing down from up this way to look at it.

“Other peo­ple who have been here be­fore, they recog­nise the land­scape, and that’s just won­der­ful. I’m so proud and so pleased with that — that’s re­ally good feed­back.”

Pic­ture: MATT THOMP­SON

“WON­DER­FUL RE­SPONSE”: Stephanie Tabram at Bett Gallery in North Ho­bart for the open­ing of her ex­hi­bi­tion.

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