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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Works tell tale of small town

The Mercury: Works tell tale of small town [28nov05]

LANDSCAPES often overlooked by other artists feature in an exhibition which opened in Hobart yesterday.

Short Stories from a Small Town is Stephanie Tabram's interpretation of her home town of Ranelagh, in the Huon Valley.

The 47-year-old artist said she was overwhelmed by the state's natural beauty when she arrived 11 years ago.

But over time, she became interested in the places other artists overlooked, she said.

"It's not entirely factual, but painting is like a good story, always sprinkled with fiction," she said. Ms Tabram, a mother of four, moved to Ranelagh a few years ago because "an artist needs to work from where they come from".

A lot of her work involves a technique called chiaroscuro, where light tones are developed on darker backgrounds.

Her skies are intense and brooding -- and very Tasmanian.

"My first consideration, long before pencils, paint and canvas appear, is light," Ms Tabram said.

The exhibition of 19 paintings at The Salamanca Collection is Ms Tabram's fifth exhibition in Tasmania.



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