Artist captures life on the highway

INSPIRATION: Award-winning artist Rebecca Rath paints scenes she sees through the window of her car. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
INSPIRATION: Award-winning artist Rebecca Rath paints scenes she sees through the window of her car. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

POKOLBIN artist Rebecca Rath is obsessed with road trips.

Her relationship with her car and with what she sees and feels of nature as she travels along the Hunter highways and country roads has had a lasting impact on her art.

"I am inspired by the road trip and I've made about 200 photograph-size paintings of what I see," Rath said.

Since she started on what has become a "fixation" and then showed the work, Rath had discovered that many other people shared her interest, she said.

Her show, Road Trip, opens at the Singleton Library on Thursday.

She says the first road trip works were born out of her frustration at spending long periods in her car travelling around the region.

The former Sydney resident realised she could not avoid car travel, but she would rather have spent the time in her studio.

"Then I started taking photos of the view from the car," she said.

The images were unusual - blurry and distorted - and inspired Rath's imagination.

"My favourite time is dusk. I'm normally heading home from somewhere and I can't wait to get home, but the landscape is lovely, eerie," she said.

Rath won the Critics' Choice Award at Italy's 2013 Trevisan International Art Prize and the Singleton Art Prize last year.

The Singleton Arts Festival, the second for the Upper Hunter town, continues until July 28.

It will feature more than 50 events.