All etchings are limited edition, handmade fine art prints which are printed on Fabriano Tiepolo or BFK Rives acid-free printmaking paper
A work created in response to the theme of the Zest Fest in Kalbarri which celebrates the anniversary of the first europeans to visit the west coast of Australia more than 400 years ago.
50 x 34cm, etching/aquatint with hand colour, edition 20
An aerial view of the country round Alice springs with six mallees from the Eucalypt family found in the area. Image size 39 x 50cm, etching/aquatint with hand colour, edition 20
A group of flora well designed to withstand the rigours of living in a dry climate.
20 x 55cm, etching with watercolour, edition 40
1. Acacia tetragonophylla
(Tetragonophylla = with 4-angled leaves) also called “Dead Finish”.
This wattle grows in arid areas across 5 states of Australia. It is a many-branched prickly shrub, 2-3m high used by aborigines in several medical applications. The seeds were also eaten both raw and cooked.
2. Dryandra wonganensis
A sprawling shrub 1-2m high is a rare, near-threatened species which has only been recorded in two areas of WA, the shires of Wongan-Ballidu and Pingelly.
I found this one near Wongan Hills.
3. Acacia valdinerva
An erect slender shrub 1-4m high found from the Pilbara across to the Central Ranges area of Central Australia.
These plants all have sparse forms, leathery leaves, stunningly beautiful blossoms and an amazing ability to thrive in arid places.
20 x 55cm, etching/aquatint with hand colour, edition 40
1. Eucalyptus gamophylla (Blue-Leaf Mallee)
This mallee has cream flowers and grows 1.5 to 8m high. Aborigines used this plant extensively, eating the seeds, making tools with the wood and obtaining water from the roots.
2. Eucalyptus pachyphylla (Red Bud Mallee)
A stunning eucalypt to 4m high with large bunches of bright yellow flowers and deep red pods found from the Gibson Desert in WA to Urandangi in QLD. Aboriginal people ate the seeds of this species.
3. Eucalyptus odontocarpa (Sturt Creek Mallee)
This smooth-barked mallee grows 1.5 – 4m high and is found in the northern inland areas of WA and central NT across to Mt Isa in QLD.
Eucalyptus caesia or Gungurru has no close relatives among other eucalypts.
It is geographically found in a few widespread localities in the southwest of Western Australia.
This mallee is beautifully ornamental with rose-pink flowers and grows 5 to 8m tall. The Latin name ‘caesius’ means ‘blue of the eyes’ and refers to the colour of the bark, foliage and fruits which are covered with a blue-white powder.
50 x 20cm, etching handcolour, edition 40
The Australian Kestrels live in our patch, using the surrounding paddocks to search for their food. I began considering how the loss of habitat
might affect this clever bird. Already they live around the buildings, using any facility they need including the dog's water bowl. Perhaps they would find a novel solution to the problem of a place for their nest!
50 x 35cm, etching with hand colour, edition 40