IT was the raw and natural beauty of the Hawkesbury River in Lower Portland that western Sydney artist Olga Conacher found the inspiration for her life-like paintings.
Mrs Conacher was born in Russia.
She studied art and education and was a teacher for 15 years specialising in primary art.
For eight years she worked for several non-government organisations, implementing social programs in Vladivostok in far eastern Russia.
Most of these programs involved children, art and the environment.
In 2009 she moved to Australia to live with her husband, Davey and she now resides in bushland overlooking the Hawkesbury River.
The natural surrounding and vibrant colours continually produced through the different seasons inspire Mrs Conacher to return to her artistic past and to whip up new creations.
“I’ve always been surrounded by art and always worked on small projects,” Mrs Conacher said.
“It was the forest and the natural beauty that really made me want to go back and start painting.
“I just love how the river changes colour every 10 minutes.”
Mrs Conacher will open her first solo exhibition, Xplosions, at the Ferry Artists Gallery in Wisemans Ferry on Saturday, March 2.
The exhibition will include 22 artworks spanning from acrylic paintings, watercolour paintings, clay depictions and fashionable outfits.
Mrs Conacher said she likes to dabble across different artistic mediums.
“I don’t like to do the same thing,” she said.
“I’ve always been involved with and surrounded by art so it was just a natural process for me to pursue a life in the arts.
“I’m a very artistic person.”
The exhibition will be available for the public to view until March 23.
Details: 4566 4385 or ferryartists.org.