BURRA artist Sharon Field can confidently call her first solo exhibition a success after selling 23 of 33 pieces on show.
Ms Field's exhibition, "A Mirror on Memory" has been displayed at The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre exhibition space for the past week.
The exhibition is a collection of botanical artworks imprinted on vellum (calf skin) and paper with watercolour paint and graphite.
Cultural development officer Georgina Perri said "A Mirror on Memory" is the venue's most commercially successful show to date.
"The show that had previously sold the highest amount was a collection of Syrian textile art in 2009. The final sum was about $10,000 and Sharon's certainly exceeded that number, maybe doubled that," Mrs Perri said.
"I think it's because Sharon's subject matter is something people can have an instant connection to. Other exhibitions may appeal to different people from different walks of life like the contemporary and abstract works but there's wide variety in Sharon's subject matter."
Ms Field said the show, which took more than a year to put together, was an unexpected artistic and commercial success for her.
"It's not very often you have an exhibition where you sell so many artworks, it's been an overwhelming and tremendous success," she said.
"I had an opportunity to do this solo exhibition and just ran with it. It's scary doing a solo exhibition ... you have to have faith in yourself and your work because you're putting yourself out there.
"People's responses to art are always going to be subjective. You never know how they will respond but I've had so many amazing comments, it's been fantastic," she said.
Ms Field's approach to botanical art is different from the norm: she prefers to sketch plants past their prime.
"Botanical art often shows the plant at its peak, the point of perfection but I thought in this exhibition I would approach it from a different angle where the plants are passed that point, they're starting to fade," she said.
"There's just as much beauty in that as anything else. Of the flower withering, the leaves falling off, the bark starting to peel. They're still here, they have a job to do and that is to decay and return."
Ms Field's exhibition success tops off a whirlwind year since she won the 2012 Queanbeyan Regional Art Award.
She was also named the winner of the People's Choice Award and Contemporary Botanical Art Award in the 2013 Widlife and Botanical Artists Exhibition and was a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.
Ms Field is currently working on pieces for a future joint exhibition with local polymer clay artist Natalie Maras.