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A new exhibition for local artist

Early Morning Road to Portland. Oil on calico on board Finalist in the Norvill Landscape Painting Prize

A local artist will be opening a new solo exhibition on Saturday, 7th of June at the Hope Tree Framing Art Space in Wentworth Falls. Jane Canfield, who lives in Portland with her poodle Molly, is exhibiting new works created during her recent 3 month residency in the Northern Rivers of NSW. The opening will take place between 3pm – 6pm, during which time those attending will have a chance to grab a drink with Jane herself. The exhibition will continue until Saturday, 14th of June. Jane, who moved to Portland nearly 4 years ago, has been an artist for many years. Her father, Tony Canfield, was a professional artist, so Jane was exposed to artistic influences from very early in life. Jane’s background was in impressionist painting, but she has developed a style that is distinctly her own. Most of her work is done while she travels around in her little van working from life, or ‘en Plein Air’, with her poodle. During her residency, Jane was asked by NSW Parliament and Sponsor Telstra to work with two Lismore based High Schools and introduce ‘en plein air’ painting to the art students. Whilst Jane worked in the Lismore area, she became fascinated by the disused railway bridges that create linkages in the landscape. These bridges have become iconic in the area and according to the local member Thomas George, these bridges are under threat and options are being put forward for alternative uses. Jane’s interest in the landscapes that surround her has travelled with her over the mountains to Portland. She said that the undeveloped landscape and clear horizons, unmarred by miles of housing, made the beautiful village, with its gorgeous shopfronts a place she wanted to call home. She also added that, ‘In the winter light, Portland is amazing.’ Jane, a past finalist in the Mosman (chosen by Margaret Olley AC) and Paddington Art Prizes, is now a finalist in the 2014 Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. In late 2013 Jane and friend Sophie Potter Seeger, published an art book featuring her paintings and a heartfelt story about her blind, eyeless poodle Arnie, who was featured in a National Magazine in 2013 (Country Style Magazine). A percentage of sales from the book supports the RSPCA. Jane’s exhibition will be held at the Hope Tree Framing Art Space, 10 Station Street Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains. For more information contact them on (02) 4757 4044 or look up Jane’s work at www.canfield.com.au.

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