HILLS artist Tanya Roocci wants to remind people of the magic that happens around us on a daily basis, through her latest exhibition, Between the Worlds.
The exhibition will open at Red Door Gallery in Summer Hill on Friday, October 11 and runs until Sunday, October 20.
Between the Worlds includes 20 canvas works depicting a dreamlike world with mythical characters.
Roocci said her artworks are used to teach her audiences to stop and take in the world around them.
"It's to do with wonder and enchantment," Roocci said. I wanted to capture the presence of imagination in my artwork.
"My inspiration behind the exhibition was to show that we are so busy that we don't get to see things that are so magical.
"We miss those magical moments and that is what I wanted to capture in my artworks."
Roocci said that to capture the imaginary world she had to slow down and notice it.
She goes on long walks, drives about and stops to take in the world around her.
"It was really exciting to have that open pallet of colour and not being limited by anything but my own imagination," she said.
"But at the same time it was a little bit scary when you have that much freedom.
"I kind of felt that the only way to get focused and get the messages that I wanted to draw was to slow down and start noticing things that I have never noticed before.
"That required a lot of patience.
"We are so used to doing and creating that we actually have to stop and draw on a world that doesn't exist yet but requires noticing."
Roocci is known in the Hills and Parramatta communities for her artwork at Westmead Private Hospital.