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