Italy, New York ... but Hunter is where her art is

Her work has been hung in Italy, featured in New York and showed in Asia but it’s the story of a horse and a glorious 6000 acres of rural Hunter Valley landscape that has stolen Rebecca Rath’s artistic heart.

Inspired by settler of the Broke area John Blaxland and his loyal horse Cockfighter, Rath has painted 20 works for a new exhibition titled Cockfighter Country.

“Blaxland came out to Australia from England was given a parcel of land here in Broke and another parcel in Sydney,” Rath, 38, said.

“Any now my parents actually live where Blaxland once lived so I have this wonderful connection.”

Earlier this year Rath was awarded the Critics’ Choice Award 2013 through the Trevisan International Art in Italy. 

In 2011 she was chosen to show her collection of landscapes at New York’s prestigious Agora Gallery in a showcase of Australian and New Zealand works.

But it’s the Hunter Valley where she feels most at home.

“We’ve been out here eight years now and I love having this connection to this place,” Rath said. “I particularly love the history of these paintings because I am very much attached to that sort of thing.”

Cockfighter Country will be shown at Margan Family Wines from Friday, June 7, until June 30.

‘WONDERFUL CONNECTION’:  Artist Rebecca Rath has been inspired by the Hunter landscape.

‘WONDERFUL CONNECTION’: Artist Rebecca Rath has been inspired by the Hunter landscape.