Former Wimmera teacher Rebecca Warr is presenting her first solo art exhibition at the St Arnaud Rail Station Raillery Hub Gallery on Saturday, August 8.
The abstract artist said her online sales have escalated over the past few months due to people renovating and remodelling their homes during the lockdown.
"During lockdown I sold a lot of artwork online because people were looking for things to do and had time to increase their art collection," Mrs Warr said.
Her first solo exhibition Plethora will be showcasing a new series of work on canvas exploring stencilling with acrylics and Posca pens in a striking, varied palette.
One work titled 'Rainbows End' has just featured on the professional decorator design website Art Lovers Australia. 'Violet Haze' from her Colour Quake Series' was also on Network Ten's Healthy Homes Australia program.
"My work has been exhibited through online galleries recently, so I am excited to have an audience that can view my artwork firsthand," Mrs Warr said.
"I have three children all under the age of eight - during the lockdown I was homeschooling and also looking after my nine-month-old baby.
"Art is something I always turn towards for stress relief ... during the pandemic I have had time to also be creative with my family."
The exhibition also has a reading room for young children with walls dressed in framed original illustrations from Rebecca's first written and illustrated children's picture book titled; "With One Eye Open", published by Austin Macauley Publishers.
Rebecca was raised in Ballarat but spent a large part of her early art teaching career in the Wimmera at Donald High School and continues to mentor emerging artists in rural areas.
"Teaching young people art has given me the opportunity to also experiment with techniques and materials along with them," Mrs Warr said.
"I would advise emerging artists to drive their marketing through social media networks and explore the many opportunities that are offered through online art galleries.
"I would also highly recommend making connections with physical galleries.
"I have found that a simple email or phone call enquiring about the process to exhibit can lead to professional representation and successful sales."
While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox twice weekly from the Wimmera Mail-Times. To make sure you're up-to-date with all the news from across the Wimmera, sign up below.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.