Dongara Artist Puts WA’s Bushland In Local Homes and National Exhibition

Growing up in the bush left Dongara artist Jayne Rolinson with lasting memories of places, colourful characters and a deep love for nature. Jayne is now making sure everyone can have a piece of WA bushland through her Cossack Art Awards win and as a selected artist for new apartment developments and gallery openings across the State.

“I have always been creative all of my life, from designing clothes to various arts  and sculpting. But it wasn’t until I had my children and  moved back to the country that I went all in to develop my art practice” said Jayne

“Living in remote bushlands gave me an appreciation for both the beauty and harshness of the WA landscape — a strong inspiration for my mixed media artwork — that I would also love for other Australians to appreciate and respect.” 


Jayne is on her way to putting a piece of WA’s iconic bush into the hearts and homes of many Australians through her recent Cossack Art Award win for the Landscape Category in July this year. From humble beginnings, the Awards is now the richest acquisitive art award in regional Australia.

Jayne’s winning entry — Sacred Earth — captured the energy and essence of the Pilbara, depicting the islands offshore to the flat Mitchell Plains, the grasses, the white snappy gums and of course the red pindan dirt that is famous in the north of our State. 

“Winning the Cossack Art Awards against so many talented and experienced artists across Australia makes me so humble and proud,” commented Jayne. 

“I spend many hours in my studio, creating and growing my art so winning inspires me to keep creating, not only for me, but also for others to enjoy, appreciate and respect the land that we are born and living in.” 

Jayne’s dream of sharing a piece of WA’s landscape with everyone continues to be realised with her being selected — as one of three artists — to supply artwork for a large commercial, 4.5 star apartment accommodation project in Geraldton. 

In addition, Jayne’s recent art selection for the Cafe Collective WA’s Karrinyup Gallery is providing Perth art lovers  with an opportunity to have a piece of our stunning landscapes in their homes or offices. 

The busy pace brought upon by all of these opportunities has given Jayne comfort from the isolation she experiences as to where she lives, and importantly, the confidence to “sell” herself as an artist.

“Art marketing and running a professional art business can be a challenge. You are the CEO, accountant, creative director, marketing person etc so many hats to wear when you run your own business. Opportunities to put your art in the public eye is essential.  To share your artwork with the public is such a rewarding experience,” said Jayne. 

“I encourage others who also express their passion through art to put yourself out there, get involved in awards, events such as Perth Art Upmarket and collaborations to receive feedback about your art and explore opportunities to make your artistic dreams come true.” 

Jayne is currently exploring with more abstract styles to tell her heartfelt story of living on the land, to be ready for the Perth Art Upmarket exhibition at UWA on Saturday 16 October. More information on Jayne here: 

View the rest of the artists participating in this year’s Art Upmarket: