these works emerge from time spent within, and deep attachment to, the landscape in rural and regional New South Wales. Rath, who is based in Pokolbin, often paints en plein air through the Hunter Valley, observing the light as it falls through the rises and dips in this environment. In some instances, Rath’s paintings at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre are named for the specific locations in which they were painted, and which they represent. In others, ‘strangeness’ of the land is carried through in Rath’s decision not to name the place in and of the painting. Rath’s relationship to these landscapes, then, is embodied, and the paintings foreground the haptic experience which is their basis. Her brush strokes are gestural – broad, free – and her colours expressive. They emphasise the painter (and the paint), rather than insisting on power to represent the painted land.