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From A Cow With Purple Udders to Echidna Scape
Where Nature Sings is the latest exhibition of works by Sandra Hall, to be held at the Gallery at 2 Montrose Avenue throughout August 2014.
Sandra Hall with some of her works on display at Gallery 2 (Photograph courtesy of Sasha Wasley)
Sandra Hall is a natural life painter known for her raw landscape artworks focused on domestic and natural environments. "I engage with the natural world with some botanical precision, but inner dimension emerges as prevailing mood, and life events influence the image, as well as seasons.
Said Hall: "My parents were coffee growers in southern India, I was always surrounded with insects, wild animals, and raw nature. The Indian gardener was my friend and showed me wonderful plants and insects."
As a printmaker, Hall designs imagery digitally and incorporates stencilling in a multi-perspective approach.
She won her first award as a child in Bangalore for A cow with purple udders. She was later moved to a convent school in Ireland where the Reverend Mother, a lover of the arts, encouraged Hall's talent.
In Australia for nearly fifty years as an artist and teacher, Hall has been featured in a number of group and solo exhibitions. Hall has also undertaken commissions to create natural object models for conservation projects, galleries, and museums, including a six-metre dinosaur for CALM's Valley of the Giants centre.
"Echidna scape", acrylic on canvas by Sandra Hall (Photograph courtesy of Sasha Wasley)
Where Nature Sings opens on Friday July 25 at 6.30pm at the Gallery, 2 Montrose Avenue, Darlington. The exhibition runs Saturday July 26 until Sunday August 31, 2014.