The heart-bursting highs and rock-bottom lows of motherhood, plus all the emotions in between, are being explored in a new exhibition opening at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery on Sunday. Dalyellup artist Sheree Dohnt will open her exhibition Motherhood — her first solo exhibition in more than 10 years — inspired by her own experiences but incorporating women from a variety of backgrounds, ages and life experiences. The exhibition will be opened at a feature event Brunch @ BRAG on Sunday, alongside Graham Miller’s travelling exhibition Playing the Man as well as The Museum of Loss exhibition. Dohnt’s collection features small-scale watercolour portraits of mothers from all over Australia, aiming at raising awareness of the realities of birth, child-rearing and the gamut of emotions that encapsulate a mother’s everyday life with children. “It’s raising awareness of the invisible, everyday stories that mums encounter and endure,” Dohnt said. “It’s about creating a body of work that gives you a full body of experiences from those first moments, to coming full circle as grandmothers.” Originally from New South Wales, Dohnt moved to the South West three years ago, creating her own “tribe” of mothers. This unique bond she formed with other women going through the same breadth of emotions inspired her to create a series that could capture this feeling of shared experiences and sisterhood — regardless of upbringing, age or background. “I’ve done the best I can to portray them,” Dohnt said. “I tried to treat every person and every story with as much care, respect and love as I could.” Dohnt graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts. In 2020 she was an exhibiting finalist in the South Western Times Art 2020 at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and the winner of the South West Virtual Arts Spectacular 2D Artwork Category. In 2021, she was awarded the 2021 Alcoa Harvey Art prize for her work titled Motherhood.