A regular exhibitor and member of the Bowral District Art Society hopes her upcoming exhibition is a "knees up and happy dance" now that restrictions have started to ease.
Jane Wray has dabbled in many mediums over the years such as charcoal, oil painting, ink and acrylics.
Shindig is her third solo biennial exhibition at the Bowral Art Gallery, which will showcase her love for using soft pastels from November 4 to 9.
"I love challenges and I hope this is full of feasts for the eyes," she said.
"It is about creating atmospherics and capturing dynamism in the natural world, and that is what my work has always been about.
"At the end of last year, I thought maybe it was time to relax and appreciate the beauty and vibrancy of the world."
Shindig demonstrates Mrs Wray's love of exploring different subject matters such as cityscapes, still life, florals, wildlife and landscapes.
It is also an exploration of a variety of art styles such as impressionism, contemporary realism and abstract.
About 60 artworks of different shapes and sizes will be on display in the gallery from the multi-award winning, Camden-based artist.
"I want people to enjoy socialising in a safe way," she continued.
Mrs Wray explained that some of her artworks use a monochromatic palette which is unchartered territory for the artist, and something she "really loved."
"I wondered if I could I recreate the same feelings and still get the same drama and atmosphere," the artist said.
Despite lockdown, 2021 has been a successful and busy for Mrs Wray in Australia and overseas.
She was selected as a finalist in this year's National Capital Art Prize in Canberra for her landscape titled Breathing Space, and also a finalist in the Pure Colour Prize in North Carolina.
The pastel artist was also a finalist in the Art of Sydney Awards, the Waterford Drawing competition and also featured in the Wingecarribee Shire Council Landscape Prize in May.
Her pastel work was also awarded first place in the Pastel Society of Australia's annual exhibition in the abstract category, and was highly commended in the society's country competition.
Mrs Wray also had the opportunity to exhibit her work in Kiama in February.
An early preview of Shindig can be seen on November 3 from 5pm to 6pm, an an opening night at 6pm on November 5.
The artist will be at the gallery everyday from November 3, and looks forward to meeting attendees.
You can learn more about Jane Wray and her portfolio on her website.
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