Exhibiting at the Botanical Gardens
Pearl Beach resident and artist, Ms Marijke Greenway is currently her 10th exhibition at the Palm House in the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The exhibition, running from May 1 to 18, is called Australian Gold.
Ms Greenway describes it as a "cohesive, colourful and interesting exhibition".
"I have been painting now for about 34 years and this is my 10th year at The Palm House," she said.
"It is the first glass house that was built in the gardens and is about 150 years old and has the most beautiful even light you could wish for.
"After my first exhibition there in 2008, which was For Love of Trees, I felt that my choice of subject matter through the following years was just complementing the inside of The Palm House with the outside of the gardens.
"I became a plein air painter after settling in Pearl Beach and joining a large group of similarly minded artists.
"Over the next 17 years my friend Pim Sarti and I painted at every beautiful location around the Central Coast, really getting to know the area.
"My focus became the trees, I sought out so many special tree friends, especially on Mt Ettalong and the Arboretum in Pearl Beach, so close to home.
"The holidays that John and I took were mainly the outback, great loops around the Kimberley, the Red Centre, Western Australia, always with a roll of canvas and my paints, setting up our tent right in front of the subjects.
"The inspiration of those places still keeps me going and the local floral subjects are still beckoning, so my focus shifts from the one love to the other.
"I guess I am a landscape painter with the botanical added on," she said.
Media statement, 1 May 2017
Marijke Greenway, Pearl Beach