A Wagga equine veterinarian has used her passion for animals to launch a part-time artistic career.
Ainslie Colbert became a fully fledged veterinarian almost two years ago and coincidentally discovered her love for painting.
"I painted a cow for one of my friends and she liked the picture and I thought I could have a crack at painting," she said.
"She posted it on Instagram and it sort of just snowballed from there."
Dr Colbert grew up in the small town of Mallacoota in eastern Victoria but moved to Wagga to study veterinary science at Charles Sturt University.
"You're in it for the animal and you get a lot of joy if you make a positive difference in that animal's life," she said.
"Especially in a production system like with cattle or horses if you can help that producer reach their goals that's any kind of veterinarians 'why' when asked why they do what they do."
She knew she wanted to become a veterinarian from the age of 10 but never thought she could also be an artist.
"I always just drew and dabbled and my grandmother was an art teacher. But my sister is the painter of the family," she said.
She said her love for animals was behind her decision to pursue animal medicine and now her work inspires her art.
"I've done a couple of landscape pieces but I think I just prefer to paint animals because I find them a lot easier to do and I see them every day so the inspiration is always there," she said.
"I just really enjoy the work that I do and animals are quite aesthetically pleasing and I find it really relaxing to paint as well. So that's where the inspiration comes from."
Dr Colbert is approaching the end of her first ever public exhibition which has been on display at The Curious Rabbit cafe and bookstore on Wagga's Johnston Street.
"It was a little last minute kind of thrown together and they are just a few of the paintings I just had at home around the house from previous works," she said.
"It would maybe be more equine-based next time. I do really like painting horses and I've only got one in this exhibition. But I love painting the cows and the sheep."
Dr Colbert's exhibition will be on display at The Curious Rabbit until January 24.