Mount Vincent artist Lorraine Hall always knew she would be a painter from a young age.
Her early work started with abstracts and then moved into photo realism with images of children, always expressing and involving the playfulness of the inner child.
Hall’s work over the last 14 years has evolved into predominantly conceptualised artworks that convey immense talent and spirituality.
Her newest work for the exhibition This Place in Me (which opens at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery on Wednesday) has been highly influenced by the passing of her mother.
Hall's art is an expression of self, her representation of beautiful, colourful birds and the messages they present to convey love, playfulness, joy, freedom, community and more.
Her art comes from her unconscious self and the most recent work for this exhibition at CRAG conveys the inner child in its playful dance through life.
Hall's use of acrylics on canvas and bright, vivid colours convey the joyfulness and playfulness as it relates to her life now.
She believes that our place in the world is established through experiences and observations of our surrounding environment – to experience visually and emotively, to transform these experiences into paintings, requires a sense of empathy and understanding.
"The process of creation for me as an artist is based upon this knowledge and interpretation, it is my personal account of life, it is a form of information exchange,” Hall said.
“My art is intuitive, encompassing the balance of emotion, energy and space that controls the interaction between myself, the birds that feature in my work, and the messages they convey to me.
“The role of my work is that of an image maker who engages my audience in the emotion, beauty, fragility and innocence of one's life."
The exhibition will run from August 16 to September 17, with the official opening this Saturday at 5pm.
Hall will speak at CRAG's monthly Art After Hours event on August 24 from 5.30pm. All are welcome.
ENTRIES OPEN FOR SPRING ART FAIR
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery is calling for entries for its 2017 Spring Art Fair.
The art fair will be held at The Barrel Room at Roche Estate, Pokolbin from September 15 to 18, with more than $6000 in awards and prizes to be won.
Entries are due by August 25. Visit crag.net.au to download an entry form or call the gallery on 4991 6619 for inquiries.