AN art exhibition a year in the making is running at Chiltern.
Albury artist Tracie MacVean, 24, is holding her third solo exhibition at the Elvery Fine Art Gallery.
The collection, ranging from metre-long paintings to small sculptures, has caught the attention of local artist Charles Sluga, who Miss MacVean said had inspired some of her works.
Themes of works cover environmental issues and humans’ relationship with the natural world.
Miss MacVean completed her advanced diploma in fine arts at Albury TAFE in 2012.
Her latest exhibition, titled The Flourishing and the Fragile, has 18 large paintings plus small sculptures, cards and framed works.
Miss MacVean said she had tried to convey many things in her work.
“In some works I portray nature and our ecosystem as a woman who we can directly relate to and understand her expressions,” she said.
“I have exposed the fragility and grief Mother Nature endures, being helpless but nevertheless not hopeless.”
She said she had used several paints to encapsulate her concept of Mother Nature.
“I used oils, inks, acrylics and mixed media to create,” she said.
“My favourite works are Drifting, Evolution and A Time to Reflect.”
Miss Macvean works full time at GIGS artists’ studios on the Lincoln Causeway. She is also a tutor at Age Concern.
She said her end aim was to generate a self-supporting income.
“I hope to do a solo show every year and live off my art,” she said.
The gallery is open daily from 10am to 3pm and Miss MacVean will attend on Saturdays.
Beth Peters, of Chiltern, who owns the gallery with her sister, said they drew upon a lot of talent from the Border.
“We have a different show each month focusing on local and emerging artists,” she said.
“We are booked until next July.”
The gallery opened last September.