An artist has spent time at both underground and open cut coal mines to inspire a new collection of paintings depicting the industry.
Hunter Valley-based Christine Pike is currently exhibiting her work at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre.
Pike spent time at mines in the Upper Hunter and Lake Macquarie and sketched round 115 portraits of the miners she met.
“I've focused on the portraits, to show the people as they are. But I’ve also got paintings of the men and women in their environment, doing their jobs as shotfirers, dragline operators and washery managers,” Pike said.
“The miners were great in every place. I spent time with all of the different people in the pit. They were jovial, they all seemed to love their families, and miners seem these days to be much healthier and fitter than the old days when my father and step-father were young and in the mines.”
Pike’s “Coal Miners” exhibition will run from Saturday 10 January 2015 to 22 February 2015.