Sparrow

In 1988 I was approached by a dear friend of mine, Glenda, to illustrate the front cover of her mother's biography, 'God Sees A Sparrow'. Given the title, I chose to paint the picture you see alongside. The sparrow is framed by views of the Kiewa Valley in North east...

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Wandy

I grew up in the small picturesque township of Mount Beauty, located at the head of the Kiewa Valley in North Eastern Victoria. One day when I was ten, a knock on our door changed the life of our family in a significant way. Cradled in the arms of a neighbour, and...

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Lyebirds

Many Superb Lyrebirds live in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, East of Melbourne, where I previously lived. Many times throughout my childhood, while padding my way quietly through the bush, I have disturbed one of these amazing birds. Either I have seen their...

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Possy

One of the most memorable pets we had was a possum we reared from the pouch. Our family was 'THE' family to go to if someone in the town found a 'road kill' animal with a baby in the pouch. Possy, as we called him, began life with us sucking life through an...

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Orchids

September hails the 'Scent of Spring' in the mountain Country of North-East Victoria. For me, as a child, Spring meant frequent 'orchiding' trips up into nearby bush with my family so that my mum, who had a licence to pick these fragile beauties, could paint them. We...

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Frog

Painted from a photograph I took years before in Townsville, Queensland whilst visiting my brother Mark on holiday. This cute little animal was sitting on a verandah railing enjoying the...

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Koala

This painting had its beginnings one hot Summer day at Inverloch. I was visiting my parent's beach house and my dad had a phone call to say that someone had found a dead koala which had met its demise on a nearby highway. They had heard I was a wildlife artist and was...

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Dingoes

Brought up, as I was at Mount Beauty, I knew that there were dingoes living in the bush around us. My mum used to enthrall us by reading us stories about dingoes. One in particular which had a significant effect on me was the children's story , 'The Hobyahs'. This...

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Butterflies

I have always loved butterflies. They are so intricately made and the colours of their wings are often breathtaking. I remember as a child in Mount Beauty, Mum grew swan plants in our yard to attract the Monarch or Wanderer Butterfly. We caught glimpses of these...

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