Hotham Park captured on canvas by artistic Rita

Hotham Park Dreaming by Rita Herbert is an 100cm X 130cm acrylic on canvas SUS-140809-112736001
Hotham Park Dreaming by Rita Herbert is an 100cm X 130cm acrylic on canvas SUS-140809-112736001

HOTHAM Park will be shown in all its glory next week by its first artist in residence.

Rita Herbert will be displaying the results of her year spent capturing the park on canvas.

A 90cm X 90cm oil on canvas, Autumn, of Hotham Park SUS-140809-113320001

A 90cm X 90cm oil on canvas, Autumn, of Hotham Park SUS-140809-113320001

Her solo exhibition, A Walk In The Park, will open at the Cloudhopper Gallery on Tuesday and close on September 27.

Dozens of Rita’s paintings and drawings will be on show. “I have had so much inspiration during my time in the park and I want to share this with everybody through my paintings,” she said. “There is such a lot to see if we really start to look.”

Elmer resident Rita, 74, devised the idea of being the park’s artist in residence on a walk around the popular space with some friends.

She has spent one or two days every week since last September sketching different sights in the park.

Rita Herbert in her Elmer studio SUS-140909-102518001

Rita Herbert in her Elmer studio SUS-140909-102518001

She said she tried to depict its different habitats in a variety of ways.

Her works on show vary in size from over a metre square to as small as A5. The prices range from £40 to £850.

Rita is on the committee which runs the Cloudhopper Gallery in the High Street. It is open daily from 10am-4pm, except Mondays.

Summer is a 70cm X 70cm acrylic on linen canvas painting of Hotham Park by Rita Herbert SUS-140809-113729001

Summer is a 70cm X 70cm acrylic on linen canvas painting of Hotham Park by Rita Herbert SUS-140809-113729001