An Albury artist who drew inspiration from her time in lockdown has secured her first solo exhibition in Canberra this week.
Stephanie Jakovac spent hours bushwalking in the height of the pandemic and took notice of a lot of native orchids, which led to a series of paintings titled, Reclaiming the Bush.
"I've been learning about all the native flora of Australia and I've been sketching and doing a lot of art outside," she said.
"I've focused on native orchids because they're so tiny and you have to get down to notice them and draw them.
"I did a collage with miniature paintings, but I have large paintings as well.
"I've done other paintings about bushfires and survival and regeneration, so this is a similar theme but with a focus on orchids.
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"Because I come from Europe, I didn't know the Australian bush was so colourful, beautiful and diverse.
"Nature is the best way to keep your sanity up, so I did lots of paintings at home."
Jakovac is excited to have the chance to share her work outside of her own studio for the first time in more than two years.
"I had one at another gallery 10 years ago with another artist, but this is my first solo exhibition in Canberra."
The exhibition begins on Wednesday and runs through to January 23 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
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