I began my artistic journey in 2008 choosing drawing in the first instance to learn how to “see”. I then moved to painting in oils and acrylics; and, ultimately, to watercolour’ searching for clear translucent colour to capture the clarity in the natural world.
I look to my experience of the world around me for inspiration preferring the contemporary over the traditional and abstraction over realism. It is my love of the combinations and separations that occur spontaneously as colour floats on water giving a piece of work its ‘aliveness’ that drives my practice.
For this project I have chosen ‘Nature’ and ‘Community’ – highlighting a few of the unique things about my beautiful ‘sun burnt country’ –
- Banksia – There are 170 species, all but one is endemic to Australia. As heavy producers of nectar, banksias are a vital part of the food chain in the Australian bush, and to the Australian economy as cut flowers.
- Australia is home to six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles.
- Wollemi and Norfolk pines (not a true pine trees). The Wollemi pine was discovered in 1994 in a temperate rainforest wilderness area in a remote series of narrow, steep-sided sandstone gorges 150 km north-west of Sydney. The oldest fossil of the Wollemi tree has been dated to 200 million years ago. It is amazing that this little stand of trees survived the annual horrific Australian bushfire season. The Norfolk pine implies that this tree is endemic to Norfolk Island, an island about 1400 km east of Sydney. Australia’s eastern shores are lined with these giant trees.
- Weebill – Australia’s smallest bird at about 8 cm (3 to 3 ½ inches)
- Australian Blue Fairy Wren
- Sturt’s Desert Pea – South Australia’s state flower
- Corella – a subgenus of the white cockatoo. Three of the six species are primarily – or only – found in Australia.
- Rainbow Lorikeet - Australia is home to seven species of lorikeet of which the Rainbow Lorikeet is the best known.
- Surf Life Saving Australia – volunteer, non-profit organization headquartered in Bondi, NSW, started in 1907 to promote water safety and to provide surf rescue services.
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