Evergreen rice fields, friendly people and the quiet life in UNESCO recognised Hoi An have inspired Jean Cabane to paint on traditional do (poonah) paper over the past six years.

Cabane, 63, from Nimes in France , has exhibited his work at a gallery on Nguyen Thai Hoc street in the ancient city since 2009, three years after settling in Cam Thanh Village .

The Frenchman has shown his favourite 30 paintings at the French Cultural Centre on Le Hong Phong street in Hue City till April 7 to promote the Hue Festival 2012 from April 7-15.

Following a 12-year job at a gallery in Nimes , Cabane only begun studying painting at 40, focused mainly on water colours.

"I first painted on normal paper, but found that Vietnamese do paper and ink, made by Duong O village locals, suited me better," he said.

Images of farmers working in rice fields, street vendors and romantic riverbanks are only some of the main topics in Cabane's work.-VNA