Whangarei artist Alex Moyse is holding her first solo exhibition, Insomniart, at the Yvonne Rust Gallery, Quarry Arts Centre.

Ms Moyse began creating her intricate, contemporary, pointillist illustrations of wildlife and plants as a meditative antidote to the insomnia caused by extreme back pain.

After many years of treatment and drug regimes, a year ago Ms Moyse completed a residential pain management programme in Auckland.

At that time she set herself a one year goal to hold her first exhibition.

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''Medicinal Canvas - the art of pain management''. Insomniart opened on Thursday and runs until January 30.