A new season heralds new collection for creatives

Drawing from the land: Felicia Aroney's abstract and floral paintings form part of the new 'In Season' collection at Jah Roc Galleries in Margaret River. Photo: Supplied.

Drawing from the land: Felicia Aroney's abstract and floral paintings form part of the new 'In Season' collection at Jah Roc Galleries in Margaret River. Photo: Supplied.

'In Season' is the latest collection of works by three talented and established artists to be unveiled at Jah Roc Galleries from Saturday April 20. 

Jah Roc's Lara Bennett said the exhibition would celebrate the colour, texture and sculptural forms found in the Australian landscape.

"Established artists Felicia Aroney, Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson come together in this showing of paintings and glass art, in an explosion of dazzling colour and light," she said.

"Felicia is well recognised for her highly sculptural floral and abstract paintings.

"She uses a palette knife technique to layer and shape the paint until it stands in relief of the canvas, giving it a textural depth similar to that in nature."

Second generation glass artist Eileen Gordon was raised within a close knit family of fellow glassblowers and said she was deeply inspired by the Australian landscape.

"My passion for colour and form as a fused glass artist is greatly inspired by the landscape in particular of the Mornington Peninsula, the surrounding ocean, it's sunrises and fabulous sunsets," she said. 

Eileen Gordon has been exhibiting professionally since 1985 and over this time has earned a reputation as one of Australia's most prominent glass blowers, creating elegant shaped vessels, platters, bottles and sculptural pieces.

Fellow glass artist and husband Grant Donaldson initially trained in the craft with Eileen, beginning in 1994.

"After working the land as a farmer for 15 years, Grant fell in love with glass as a medium for expressing the deep connection and understanding he feels for the Australian landscape," said Lara Bennett.

"His creative edge is well regarded as unique.

Established artists Felicia Aroney, Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson come together in this showing of paintings and glass art, in an explosion of dazzling colour and light.

Lara Bennett, Jah Roc Galleries

"He draws on technique and experience to 'tell stories' with the glass forms he creates, which often have a painterly look to them as he expresses the sense of place that each piece represents."

Donaldson said he found inspiration in the thrill of working with the temperamental medium,

"I love the difficulties of working with glass, the dangers and thrill of exploration and experimentation - finding new and more challenging ways through the medium of glass blowing to express my feelings about the land," he said. 

'In Season' opens at Jah Roc Galleries on Saturday April 20 with an opening celebration from 11am - 3pm. Artist Eileen Gordon will be in attendance to discuss the collection with guests over a sparkling wine. 

For more information visit www.jahroc.com.au