The unique vibrancy of country communities, and their quiet appreciation for fine art is not lost on renowned artist Jenie Fawckner.
Growing up on a grazing station south of Blackall and having spent 20 years on a property in the Roma district, the rural landscape is etched in Jenie's personality and reflected through her highly-coveted artwork.
As such, when the opportunity to exhibit her latest body of work at The Moree Gallery arose, Jenie - who now resides in Hampton, outside Toowoomba - was delighted.
"I really enjoy regional and rural Australia - the people, the communities, the landscape, and I love that thanks to galleries such as The Moree Gallery, rural residents get the opportunity to access a fantastic range of current exhibiting artists."
Next week Jenie will present a selection of her highly regarded, textured landscapes at her second solo exhibition at The Moree Gallery, titled Essence - opening at 10am on Friday, November 6.
"Essence comprises of landscape and botanical oil paintings in a large range of sizes," Jenie explained.
"My work is quite textural and sculptural as I use an impasto technique giving pieces an almost three-dimensional feel.
"I often receive compliments on my chosen colour palette and the composition of my work, which led me to explore how and why I see landscapes the way I do, and the notion of perceptions.
"My work is inspired by the environment around me and I think my tendency to really stop and look deeply into everyday scenes, to look beyond the aesthetic and take the essence of what I am feeling and seeing has allowed my style to evolve.
"Simple compositions in the landscape often catch my eye but the colour and balance translated onto canvas comes from my own personal perceptions and personality," Jenie muses.
"The colours that make up a landscape are so lovely - even the most ordinary of scenes can be filled with beauty if you take the time to stop and really look into the colours and atmosphere it creates."
The exhibition will be held at The Moree Gallery, Heber Street, Moree, opening Friday, November 6 at 10am, concluding Friday, December 6.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be no drinks with the artist, however Jenie will be at the gallery on Friday to meet with the community.
For further details and enquiries phone Gig Moses on (02) 6752 3927 and to see Jenie's works online, visit www.moreegallery.com.au