Paula Jenkins’ Luminous exhibition opens at The Moree Gallery September 16
IT has been just three short years since Walcha’s Paula Jenkins broke her hiatus from the art world, but she’s fast emerging as one of Australia’s stand-out artists.
Known for her bold use of colour and accentuated, deliberate lines and marking, Paula’s distinct style depicts the essence of Australia’s landscapes, and is gaining acclaim across the region.
Having already enjoyed success at a number of group and dual exhibitions, this month marks a significant development in her stellar career so far, with the creative mother-of-two holding her first solo exhibition through The Moree Gallery.
“It’s very exciting to be exhibiting in Moree at such a highly regarded gallery and I’m very much looking forward to this wonderful opportunity,” Paula said.
“Growing up in rural NSW and having spent much of my life on the land, I feel a real connection and camaraderie with country folk and farming communities.”
“There’s something very unique about the support and connections made in the country, the appreciation of the arts, and the joy that comes with an event such as an exhibition opening to draw like-minded people together.”
Having previously lived in the Narrabri region, she is no stranger to the north-west, frequenting Mt Kaputar and Waa Gorge with sketch pad in hand.
Paula’s artistic pursuits were put on hold as she followed a career in tourism, marketing and graphic design, and later when she started a family with her agronomist husband, Nick.
But her desire for the arts overwhelmed, and in 2013 she dusted off her easel and brushes and made the brave decision to return professionally to her beloved craft.
A trip to Spain painting alongside the late Piers Dudley-Bateman at his home in the Andalucía region proved particularly meaningful.
“As an acclaimed and influential Australian landscape artist, and having worked alongside other acclaimed artists such as Arthur Boyd and Charles Blackman, Piers was an inspirational mentor until his passing in 2015,” Paula said.
Likewise, a one-month ‘Art, Place and Culture’ workshop in Central Australia also afforded her the unique opportunity to camp with remote aboriginal communities, an experience that also influences her abstract works.
Today her inspiration is drawn primarily from the environment around her, namely the rolling green landscapes of the New England.
“I aim to create connections with the Australian bush and rural landscapes to allow for a deeper understanding of the compelling beauty, the wild, the rugged and the mysteriousness that our unique land forms behold,” she said.
“I’m particularly drawn to the vibrant landscapes within the central interior, hence my continual attraction in using a warm palette with oranges, pinks and reds in my pieces.”
Paula’s exhibition, Luminous, will be held at The Moree Gallery, Heber Street, Moree opening Friday, September 16 at 10am through to 17 October.
For further details see www.moreegallery.com.au