A local artist is a finalist in a major regional art prize in New South Wales.

The Harden-Murrumburrah Landscape Painting Prize in its inaugural year called for entries from emerging and established artists throughout Australia. The winning work the judges select will be awarded an acquisitive prize of $10,000.

The prize is the initiative of the Bendigo Community Bank Harden-Murrumburrah with the aim of stimulating the local economy of the twin towns situated in south-western NSW and providing a new opportunity for artists at a difficult time for all in the arts community in Australia.

The winner of the Harden-Murrumburrah prize will be announced tonight (6 May).

All paintings must be landscapes in watercolour, acrylic or oils. Any works on paper must be professionally mounted and framed behind glass.

Amongst the 24 finalists is Hepburn Springs local Lisa Gervasoni. Lisa previously won the Daylesford Small Art Prize and has had works exhibited in the Warrnambool and Newcastle Art Galleries and at the Museum of Sydney.

Lisa’s work is an abstract aerial oblique work entitled ‘Looking west over Melbourne’.

Working from home during COVID in an often stressful policy and advocacy role, Lisa returned to painting as a way to clear the mind at the end of a stressful day.

On being a finalist Lisa said “It is an honour to make the list of 24 finalists exhibited in this landscape award. Art is such a subjective thing it is nice to know that the subject appealed to the panel.”