Caldera Art


Welcome to the CA 2013 online Exhibition

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'Kooka'     Marilyn Anderson     Banora Point
Soft Pastel     50cm x 40cm     NFS    bob.mal.agro@bigpond.com

" According to  Aboriginal legend, the Kookaburra's famous chorus of laughter every morning is a signal for the sky people to light the great fire that illuminates and warms the Earth each day.
Kookaburras are the world's largest kingfishers, with 4 species found in Australia and the New Guinea region. Essentially carnivorous, they interestingly don't need to drink water, deriving all fluid from their diet. They do require large trees with hollows in which to nest.
A Kookaburra looking for a free meal landed beside me while I was working in my garden.  Its attitude, focus and laughter gave me the inspiration to paint this subject".

 



'Sulphur-crested Cockatoo'     Marilyn Anderson     Banora Point
Soft Pastel     50cm x 40cm     NFS    bob.mal.agro@bigpond.com

"The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is one of the most popular of all caged birds. Hand-reared, they are gentle and affectionate towards their owners, are great 'talkers', and appear to be content with a solitary existence. In the wild however, they live in large gregarious flocks, often squabbling amongst themselves as seen in this painting. They are found throughout the caldera region. I have a cockatoo who is intelligent, cheeky, affectionate, and one of my best mates. His name is Snow."

 



'The Track to Boundary Falls'     Rhonda Baker     Lismore
Oil    133cm x 68cm     $1,500      armisteads@bigpond.com

"It was a hot summers day with late afternoon storm clouds rolling in as we were driving in to Boundary Falls, off the Waterfall Way. The falls area is in a dry forest, on the site of an old sawmill within the Gibraltar Range National Park. The park's landforms are a legacy of ancient volcanic activity, followed by faulting and uplift. The dry forests provide a rich habitat for birds, as their flower nectar supports many honeyeaters whilst the wetter areas support rainforest species (including the very rare Rufous Scrub-bird). The forests and swamps in the park support many kinds of frog, including the unusual pouched frog, a curious rainforest-dependent species, as well as the Sphagnum Frog".



'River Life. The headwaters of the Oxley River'    Jan Bracher     Tyalgum
Pastel   40cm x 50cm     NFS      jbracher@gil.com.au     Packer's Prize Winner

"The Oxley River is formed by the confluence of a number of small creeks including this un-named one. It arises on the southern slopes of the McPherson Range, near Tyalgum and, as a river, reaches its confluence with the Tweed River near Murwillumbah.
It is an example of a localised ecosystem, involving biotic (living) interactions as well as abiotic (nonliving) physical and chemical interactions. Good water flow is the key influence in maintaining a healthy creek ecosystem through oxygenation. The shape of the streambed is always changing through erosion and deposition as seen in this painting. The rocks are worn and shaped, some rounded, some sharp, some large, some small, and some with evidence of cracks. It is a vital ecosystem".



'Mount Warning sunset'    Rose Bradfield    Murwillumbah
Soft Pastel   40cm x 50cm     $450      fabrad@bigpond.com

"As seen from the Tyalgum area, the late evening sun casts a very yellow/orange light onto the forests and the summit of Mount Warning. Often when the sugar cane is being burnt further down the valley, or forest fuel reduction burns are taking place, there is often quite an eerie glow at sunset".



'Cave Creek'   Rose Bradfield   Murwillumbah    Youth Encouragement Award
Soft Pastel   40cm x 50cm     NFS      fabrad@bigpond.com

"Cave Creek runs through part of this World Heritage listed area. It eventually falls into the unusual cave formation of Natural Arch in which countless glow worms are found. The boulder strewn creek bed is testament to its volcanic origins. I found this project interesting because of the bright greens due to the strong sunlight catching parts of the scene. The water was challenging due to the contrast of fast flowing and still water. This is my second pastel painting, and the first time I have attempted water".



'Osprey with Catch at Fingal Beach'     Mark Brombal     Murwillumbah
Photography     30cm x 40cm     $345      mark@markbrombal.com.au

"As I was scanning the top of Pandanus trees lining the fringes of Fingal Beach for a good photo opportunity, an Osprey unexpectedly flew overhead. As I hurried over to where she was circling, I realised she had a fish in her grasp and was slowing up to land in one of the well worn Pandanus trees. After about 3 minutes, she flew off. Being so heavy with her catch, meant that she didn't gain height too quickly and I was able to take a few shots of her. As she circled around me gaining height, I just enjoyed the rest of the following moments of her in full flight, until she disappeared over the trees. WOW, WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!"



'Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park'     Mark Brombal     Murwillumbah
Photography     30cm x 45cm     $375      mark@markbrombal.com.au

"What you now see, has been carved by Cave Creek, a tributary of the Nerang River. The rock arch was once the lip of a previous waterfall that plunged over the basalt. At its base, softer, broken up basalt was gradually eroded at the bottom by the waterfall, undercutting a cave further back into the rock, behind the old waterfall. Cobbles at the base of a rock pool above, swirled around, drilling and eroding a pot hole, which gradually deepened and broke through the ceiling of the cave beneath, enlarging it further".



'Tweed Valley'     Liz Brookes    Banora Point
Pastel     58cm x 77cm     $550      ibrux@bigpond.com

"Tweed Valley This must surely be one of the most well known and most loved views of our magnificent local scenery. It is the view from the Tweed River Art Gallery. The scene is different every time I visit. Sometimes it is bathed in sunshine and others (my favourites) after the rain, when the mist rises and separates the hills and valleys more clearly. It is a privilege to live in an area with such wonderful views."



'His Majesty'     Brenda Bryant    Chillingham
Pastel    60cm x 73cm     NFS      brendabry@gmail.com

"The magnificent wedge-tailed eagle is Australia's largest raptor (bird of prey) and one of the largest eagles in the world. It has a characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes. They eat live prey and carrion and are monogamous and apparently mate for life. Their keen eyesight extends into the infrared and ultraviolet bands. This helps them spot prey and allows them to see rising thermals, which they can use to gain altitude while expending little energy. They can be seen in the caldera region and their future is assured in this area. Unfortunately, the Tasmanian sub-species is endangered."



'Misty Morning'     Brenda Bryant    Chillingham
Pastel    60cm x 73cm     $580      brendabry@gmail.com

"The autumn mists create a mystical atmosphere in this scene. The towering gum trees blend into the sky while the meandering creek disappears into the forest. The Tweed has both wet and dry eucalypt forest types depending on altitude, aspect, and rainfall. Although these forests may appear barren, they are often highly diverse harbouring many species of flora and fauna. As a novice artist, this was my first journey of discovery with the use of soft pastels, a perfect medium for blending subtle colours".



'The Cedar-getters Daughter - lowland rainforest'     Jennifer Collins     Ballina
Watercolour & Pen    84cm x 100cm     $1,200      spinningjenny@live.com.au

"The Cedar-getters Daughter is an ongoing body of work dedicated to the now vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species native to the Big Scrub. This work details the Endangered Ecological Community of the Lowland Rainforest, of which only patches remain in Lismore and the Clarence. Species represented here include the Sooty Owl, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Pink Underwing Moth and its larvae, Green-thighed frog, Pale-vented Hen, Brush Cassia, Acalypha, Rough-shelled Bush Nut, Northern Clematis, White Lace Flower, Red Lilly Pilly and Milky Silk-pod".



'Brown Pigeon'     Mark Comport    Carool  
Soft Pastel   40cm x 60cm     $350    comportmark@gmail.com

"Prior to European settlement, the Brown Pigeon (also known as the Brown Cuckoo Dove) was apparently a common bird. It's numbers were greatly reduced due to land clearing and shooting (both legal and  illegal). These days they are more plentiful mainly due the much maligned weed/pioneer species Wild Tobacco. I actually find that it is one of the best bird attracters of all the plants on my property, with species such as King Parrots, Fig Birds and Honeyeaters all feeding on the copious fruits".



'Cat v's Pitta - no contest'     Mark Comport    Carool  
Soft Pastel   50cm x 40cm     $350    comportmark@gmail.com

"The Noisy Pitta is a beautiful and endangered ground dwelling rainforest bird. There was a time when a short stroll from my house one could find this bird on any given day, even though they are difficult to see amongst the forest shadows, despite its vibrant colours.
Domestic and feral cats are now a major threat to ground dwelling species such as the pitta bird in particular. When I'm driving home at odd hours I often see a cat not unlike this one crossing the road within a kilometre of where I live".



'Window to the Caldera'     Mark Davis     Ballina
Digital Photography     45cm x 30cm     $50     mark@markd.com.au

"If only everything was black and white. Through this gate and window in the wall of trees along Pearces Creek Road, the caldera waits on the other side. A valley where macadamia trees grow in rows, the mountains watch over the valleys below and the trees watch over the soil. A special place where infrared light bounces from tree to tree as it floats across the caldera. The flora of the caldera needs the infrared light to survive and we need the caldera to survive".



'Sheep Station Creek'     Mark Davis     Ballina
Digital Photography     45cm x 30cm     $50     mark@markd.com.au

"Take a walk on the wild side of the Border Ranges to a place that soothes your soul with the sound of running water. Sunshine struggles to creep trough the canopy and only succeeds when the canopy is torn or ripped. The paths are lined with a carpet of green moss and calm comes over you as you soak up the surroundings. We need to protest these special places so they can be enjoyed by visitors in the future. We owe this to the ancestral owners of the land and the dinosaurs that gave their life to protect it".



'Bastard Weeds - study #6'     Carolyn Delzoppo     Mullumbimby
pencil, pastel, gouache     57cm x 77cm     $1,100     carolyn@mullum.com.au

"Weeds, like it or not, are a part of our environment. As with all gardeners, I do continual battle with weeds and have developed a grudging admiration for them. Their tenacity and devious ability to propagate themselves and to distribute their seed is extraordinary. However it was only when I started looking closely at weeds as part of a series of botanical drawings that I came to see many of them as quite beautiful. But tobacco bush, lantana, crofton weed, ageratum and molasses grass are a serious ecological problem and a major threat to our biodiversity. Sometimes I try to imagine what the landscape would look like if we could have that magic wand and make them disappear. That would be really effective weeding"!



'Where Have They All Gone? (Boobook)'     Lyn Ellison     Maudsland
Acrylic     60cm x 90cm     $1,800     ellisonl@bigpond.net.au

"The nightly call of the boobook is as Australian as the kookaburra's call is by day. We frequently hear boobooks at night making their distinctive "mopoke" call but very rarely do we see them, which adds to their aura and air of mystery. Their silent flight, eerie calls, nocturnal habits and softly marked plumage sets them apart from other birds. The boobook is the smallest and most abundant of Australian owls and can live in all types of country from dense forest to desert and in towns with abundant trees".

People's Choice Award


'Puggle'     Jill Garsden     Goonellabah
Pastel     36cm x 59cm     $1,000      quillian@westnet.com.au

"One of the most ancient and successful mammals, echidnas are highly adapted to the range of Australian environments, with those found in the caldera tending to have more spines and be darker in colour than those found in the south. Echidna reproductive behaviour is fascinating: up to ten males closely follow a female, forming an echidna train until eventually the strongest and most persistent male succeeds in fathering a single puggle. The young spineless puggle hatches from an egg and is suckled by its mother until around seven months of age. It emerges from its nursery burrow, spines grown, shortly after weaning. This close-up view of the puggle's face illustrates its unique snout and powerful claws as well as its fur and spines".



'Fisher Kings'     Jill Garsden     Goonellabah
Acrylic     76cm x 102cm     $1,000      quillian@westnet.com.au

"Flat Rock, north of Ballina, is a coastal rock platform derived from the Lismore Basalts discharged by the Mt Warning shield volcano some 22 million years ago. Often pounded by surf, its rock pools are home to hundreds of  marine species. Many birds can also be found here, including the Little Black Cormorants (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) and Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius). Cormorants catch prey underwater, using their large, fully webbed feet for propulsion as they dive and swim. In order to facilitate their diving ability, their feathers are designed to decrease buoyancy, thus their outer portions are not water-repellent. Consequently, cormorants habitually rest briefly between fishing expeditions, spreading their wings to dry the feathers, and assisting thermoregulation and parasite control".



'Faraway Nearby'     Kim Godfrey     Tweed Heads
watercolour, ink, digital image 15x15x1mtr  $1,000   kim@kimgodfreyart.com

"This unique concertina artists book is handmade and is my response to an uncertain future for not only our local species but our global connection to migratory birds. Faraway Nearby by Kim Godfrey We fly faraway nearby We are in it for the long haul Such an amazing flight Us Godwits We fly all day and all night Flying south for the summer On our migration A dwelling place for birds of a feather Us waders we all stick together We eat tasty molluscs from the shore Yum! Yum! we love them all Yet we could soon be tagged endangered The Tweed River runs to the sea The mountains beyond are important to me Here or there What would it take? Just one mistake"!



'Mt Warning from Boxsell Rd - Tyalgum'     Barbara E.C. Goodrich     Tyalgum
Print of original pen/ink    45cm x 60cm     $295     barb-hawk@bigpond.com

"The physical beauty of our valley is my muse & inspiration; and I am enriched by the experiences of living in a widely diverse community. I appreciate the rich history presented by those that preceded us and feel a care-taking sense of responsibility in helping to preserve this place for future generations to enjoy as we do today. My illustrations capture a moment in the present time and serve as catalysts to evoke our own experiences and give us an opportunity to add our own colour through our own personal stories. It still delights me that I can take a white piece of paper, add a bit of black pen in dots, lines & squiggles and create a 3D world based on shadow and light".



'Plastic Home'     Alana Grant    McLeans Ridge
Plant Fibre/rubbish/plastic/clay 23x22x22  $280  alanagrantart@gmail.com    

"One day last year, after wild winds, I found a fallen nest on the outskirts of Murwillumbah. I picked the nest up and was surprised to see that about a fifth of the nest was made from plastic and rubbish. Most of us discard non biodegradable materials which end up in places like this bird's nest. I felt saddened that people's life style and survival choices (mine included, I made this work with rubbish from my own home) are impacting on the natural world around us. Whilst our local area has a good reputation for being environmentally minded, we still have changes to make. I would like to see the birds have rubbish free homes, this starts in my own home and so on".



'Brush-tailed Phascogale'     Christina Houen     Murwillumbah
Pastel     49cm x 37cm     NFS      farthestnorth1@westnet.com.au

"The phascogale is a small, shy carnivorous mammal that lives in the trees of open dry forest.  When threatened, it spreads its thick, bushy black tail and taps its foot to warn off predators. Mating happens in early winter with a frenzy of continuous activity for a period of three weeks. The males exhaust themselves and die before they reach one year old, whereas females live to about 3 year producing only one litter of up to 8 young in hollow tree nests. Because of loss of habitat and predation by feral cats and foxes, the phascogale is a threatened species in all regions it dwells in, not least the northern rivers of NSW and Qld".



'Water Dragon'     Christina Houen     Murwillumbah
Pastel     30cm x 35cm     NFS      farthestnorth1@westnet.com.au

"Eastern Water Dragons are found all along the east coast and are the largest dragon  lizard species in Australia. They are especially adapted to a semi-aquatic life, with a long flattened tail and nostrils on top of the head. They will take to the water when threatened and submerge for up to an hour, or climb a tree using their powerful legs and strong claws. The larger male has a a rich red chest which brightens to a vibrant red in the breeding season. They eat insects, aquatic creatures, small reptiles and frogs. I've often noticed these superb creatures in my walks along the banks of the Tweed River, sunning themselves on a log or giving me the regal eye as I pass".



'Landscape Vest 111'     Shannon Hunter     Tamborine
Mixed Fibres     86cm x 56cm x 4cm     $650     shannon.artisan@gmail.com

"It is my growing belief that as we move ever further away from our origins and become wholly dependent on technology,  artificial foods,  virtual entertainments, computers, we become increasingly disenfranchised from Health, both of the body and of the soul. My work as an artist since moving to the Scenic Rim a decade ago, has sought to explore and express, through various materials and media, a desire to return to Gaia, our mother; to be cocooned and nurtured by the natural world. My sleeveless freeform vest depicts the beauty of the area in which I live, from the vast ancient landscape panoramas to the delicate beauty of microscopic lichens; the intense blues of Qld skies and the abundant plant life of the cool shadowed Tamborine rainforests".



'The Lizard King'     Kristine Kowitz     Tweed Heads
Photography     60cm x 50cm     $240    kris.kowitz@gmail.com

"We often see the Water Dragon in suburban yards and along the embankment of our waterways without giving them a second thought but the Australian species of genus Physignathus (translated puff-cheek) lesueurii shows enough differing characteristics to classify it in its own genus. In 2012 the Australian species was officially renamed Itellagama lesueurii. In particular the Eastern Water Dragon is found in the Caldera region. Flowing water with ample tree cover and basking sites appear to be the key to habitat preference. Feeding on mainly insects when young they become more omnivorous as they mature, with vegetable matter making up almost half of their diet. They communicate through a variety of dominant and submissive signals including head-bobbing, saluting and substrate licking".



'Miracle Morning, Tyalgum Hills NSW'     Kathryn Latter     Tyalgum
Soft Pastel    50cm x 72cm     $420      kathryn.latter1@bigpond.com

"The first light of day paints the Tyalgum hills and tree tops with spring time hues of gold, amber and green. Nearby is the rural village of Tyalgum of some 300 people, located in north-eastern New South Wales. Tyalgum is situated at the junction of Pumpenbil and Tyalgum Creek. When the village was first settled, the settlers used the waterways to transport the giant red cedar trees that they felled. Looking north-east towards Chillingham village located on the Rous River, a tributary of the Tweed River flows through the town. Lest we forget the miracle of the morning".



'The Valley Revealed'     David Lewis     Robina
Acrylic    100cm x 100cm     $2,300      jmlewis@iprimus.com.au

"I made the journey through the Numinbah Valley with the intention of painting an early morning scene of the Border Range. I was inspired after stopping for breakfast to paint this scene as I sat with a cup of coffee on the edge of the Nerang River and watched the mist rise and reveal this scene with the flock of galahs flying through.
This is in sharp contrast to the mouth of the river which I see in an entirely different way, or the reflections of the human lifestyle of the coast. I see all of that in an abstract way as opposed to the peace and tranquility of the hinterland".



'Mooball Gold'     Scott McDougall    Pottsville
Acrylic    54cm x 152cm     $9,000      scottiemc53@gmail.com

"Winters golden afternoon light warms the rolling hills of Mooball".



'Swept Away'     Jillian Merlot   Pottsville
Photography     80cm x 50cm     $1,300     jillianmerlot@gmail.com

"Due to the wild weather and storms over the past months Pottsville Beach has had a considerable amount of vegetation including mature trees being buried in the sand and washed into the sea. However nature has its way of recovering and restoring the balance once again. Each time I walk along the beach I experience a forever evolving coastal shore".


'Kings Beach'    Rick Molloy     Federal
Oil    50cm x 75cm     $580      rickmolloy7@gmail.com

"The coastline of the Broken Head Nature Reserve, which sits on the edge of the Caldera, is one of natural wild beauty, jagged rocky headlands and sheltered white sand beaches. Behind the coastline crouches a rugged and wind blasted terrain of twisted, sparse scrub, backed by littoral rainforest.
This work is a visual response to this coastline, where rock strata has been violently twisted by ancient volcanic activity and rocky headlands pounded and broken by the constant power of the ocean. A region of natural wild beauty".  



'Nature will Prevail'    Greg Mulheran     Bilambil Heights
Watercolour     43.5cm x 98.5cm     $850      mullies55@bigpond.com

"I was struck by the ruins of this once beautiful fig tree near the Tweed River Art Gallery. Even in its ruined state, the web of roots was fascinating, and still doing its job of holding the bare earth together. It looked like a sleeping giant. Where it once took nourishment from the soil, it now returned nourishment to the soil as it rotted. Amongst the tangle of dead roots, tiny plants were flourishing from dropped seeds, and fungi were providing colour on the dead bark. Birds, ants, grubs and lizards sheltered in the crevices and holes. No matter how hard we try to control it, nature will prevail".



'Carpet Python Portrait'      Roslyn Oakes     Murwillumbah
Oil    30cm x 50cm     $700      roslynoakes@gmail.com

"The humble carpet python is relatively common in the Tweed Shire, seen in a variety of habitats. It occasionally takes up residence in sheds and rooves of houses and is adept at catching rats. I hope that more people will come to appreciate these beautiful and elegant animals, as I do, and give them the respect they deserve".



'Birds are Disappearing'     Dereka Ogden     Tugun
Oil    76cm x 61cm     $300      dereka.ogden@gmail.com

"Birds are disappearing, though people don't realize it. Development, interrupting bird flights, portrayed by plastic bread tags, means habitat loss and loss of nesting sites and trees for food and shelter. The plastic also represents all our fossil fuel usage and the harm that does. Plastic is also a huge threat to birds, and 1,000,000 seabirds die from plastic ingestion and consequent starvation, every year. The one tag without a roof represents that rubbish. The birds represented are all under threat in the Caldera area".



'2013 Floods #1'     Suzane Predi     Murwillumbah
Oil on Masonite    31cm x 23cm     $350      suzanepredi@yahoo.com.au

"One of a series of five paintings, this work explores the impact of recent floods in Murwillumbah during 2013. It depicts an impassable Clothiers Creek Road, lined by cane fields which are drenched with water. Regardless of the fallen power lines, a local youth enters the water at their peril whilst an onlooker investigates the scene. The figure of the youth is suggestive of recklessness and the journeys one makes".



'Glossy Black Cockatoo'     Dailan Pugh     Byron Bay
Oil on Linen    90cm x 90cm     $3,600      dailan@tpg.com.au

" It is always a joy to come across a pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding on she-oak seeds in this region's open forests, particularly when they are in a playful mood. Their beautiful red tails result in them often being confused with their close relative the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. They are vulnerable to the loss of the particular Forest Oaks and Black She-oaks they select for feeding, and the loss of their large nesting hollows in old trees".



'The Watcher - Brahminy Kite'     Christine Read     Lennox Head
Oil    60cm x 90cm     $600     christinereadart@hotmail.com

"Brahminy kites are a regular feature of Seven Mile Beach. I love their majesty and magnificent chestnut wings. In this work I wanted to capture the habitat of the bird but in a manner that left room for the viewer's own experiences and imagination".



'Lorikeet Spring'     Christine Read     Lennox Head
Oil    90cm x 60cm     $550     christinereadart@hotmail.com

"I am attracted to the abundant birdlife in Lennox Head. The lorikeets come every year to drink the nectar from the crimson flowers on a tree on our property".



'Rainforest Edge'     Andy Reimanis     Murwillumbah
Acrylic     30cm x 40cm     $350     andyr@westnet.com.au

"The World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are very well represented in the Green Cauldron region with five major national parks containing  significant ecosystems. One of the more interesting of these ecosystems are the edges of rainforests which often sharply define closed canopy habitat with open spaces (which may have temporarily formed due to a large tree fall). These edges often support a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna due to the extra sunlight penetration, encouraging new seedlings to grow and insects to thrive, thus attracting birds, browsing mammals and reptiles".



'Koala Connections'     Andy Reimanis     Murwillumbah
Soft Pastel     110cm x 80cm     $1,800     andyr@westnet.com.au

"The Tweed and Byron Shires are working together on a significant, long term project - Koala Connections, funded principally by the Federal Government's Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund. The project aims to provide a secure future for koalas (and many other species of endangered flora and fauna) by increasing the area, quality and connectivity of koala habitat. Through tree planting, weed control, community engagement, invasive vertebrate pest management and fire management and planning, Koala Connections is designed to enhance inland to coastal linkages and improve ecosystem resilience and adaptation to climate change. This project encourages landowner/community engagement. For further information go to:
http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/YourEnvironment/KoalaManagement.aspx



'Cormorants at the Wreck'     Matthew Sansom     Byron Bay
Acrylic     120cm x 60cm     $2,500     matthewsan@live.com

"Ship wrecks are places where an abundance of wildlife can be found. Shell fish and seaweed support small fish and rusty ruins shelter creatures from larger prey. I have painted two Little Pied Cormorants at the Byron Bay Wreck. Cormorants can usually be seen around the wreck when humans aren't too nearby. These birds are as agile in water as they are in the air. Little fish don't stand much of a chance and make an easy meal".



'Blue Faced Honeyeaters'     Matthew Sansom     Byron Bay
Acrylic     72cm x 50cm     $2,000     matthewsan@live.com

"Two Blue Faced Honeyeaters (also known as the Banana bird) are seen amongst Heath Banksias outside my studio window. Living in the Northern Rivers I am amazed by the diverse wilderness and feel inspired to capture some of this with paint and canvas".



Dilemma
'Dilemma'     Michael Smith      Koonorigan
Photograph     15cm x 20cm    $50     koonorigan@gmail.com

"When you live with a possum, you have to decide whether it is a good idea to occasionally feed it".   



Baby Antechinus
'Baby Antechinus'    Michael Smith     Koonorigan
Photograph     15cm x 20cm        $50     koonorigan@gmail.com

"Relocating an antechinus family from the house to the garden resulted in this special moment". 



On a fine day from Hillcrest
'On a fine day from 'Hillcrest''    Jan Snowdon     Tyalgum
Oil      64cm x 46cm        $250     snowdonarts@hotmail.com

"It is always good to be able to see right up into the mountains and imagine you are there. A somewhat different experience is actually trudging through thick undergrowth that often is found up in the formerly cleared steeper slopes].This area, around the Pinnacle near Tyalgum is not densely inhabited by people, but there are endangered species which are threatened by a range of adverse environmental impacts from burning off to possible mineral excavation".



Mount Warning in rain
'Mount Warning in rain''    Jan Snowdon     Tyalgum
Oil      41cm x 16cm        $250     snowdonarts@hotmail.com

"It is very important to have the existing forests surrounding Mount Warning left uninhabited and walking tracks restricted to those already found within the Wollumbin National Park. Off road motorcyclists are now encroaching upon koala habitat and impacting other wildlife by tearing new tracks through forest. Domestic and feral animals subsequently stray along these tracks, often dispersing the seeds of weeds such as camphor trees".



'Shifting Moments, Byangum'     Barbara Suttie     Murwillumbah
Oil    50cm x 60cm    $650     barb@suttieart.com    $650      Max Boyd Prize

"Our water is our life source and it is vital for our community that our waterways be protected. Remaining sustainable gives us an opportunity to ensure that the health of the Tweed River is maintained. The quality of this water is governed by how we look after the creek and river banks. By re-vegetating the bare river banks we prevent erosion, improve the water and protect wildlife. Like the shifting moments of a new dawn, so too our move towards best sustainable practices in maintaining the health of Our Tweed River Waterways".



'Small Leaved Tamarind'     Sandra Taylor    Ashgrove
Etching    45cm x 35cm     $190      s.taylor@qut.edu.au

"The Small Leaved Tamarind (Diploglottis campbellii) is a rare and endangered rainforest tree. As a result of extensive clearing of rainforests for agriculture in the past they are rarely found in their natural state today. A group of these trees are growing at Sweetnam Park, near Uki, and they fruit prolifically in summer. Their fruits are striking - with 2-3 lobed pale green capsules which split open to expose the bright red fruits inside. By planting endangered species in parks and gardens in this way, the local community is able to learn more about rainforest trees and the environment, and of the importance of saving vulnerable species from extinction".



'Tullawallal'     Sandra Taylor    Ashgrove
Etching    45cm x 35cm     $200     s.taylor@qut.edu.au

"Tullawallal is a special place in the Lamington National Park, near to Binna Burra, and is one of the few places in the Caldera where Antarctic Beeches (Nothofagus moorei) grow. These trees are remnants from an earlier time when cool temperate rainforest was widespread across the region. Their trunks are often gnarled and covered with moss, lichens and ferns, and their leaves are small, delicate and very beautiful. The trees are very old and fragile, but they continue to grow new trunks from the base by their coppicing habit. This group of trees at Tullawallal is rare and very precious, and I was inspired to make this etching by the spiritual feeling of the place".



'Big Scrub on Heat'     Caroline Varendorff     Wollongbar
Oil    122cm x 122cm     $1,500      caravar@bigpond.com

"Moving to the north coast last year I was confronted by a very different kind of bush to the one I had been painting on the Central Coast of NSW. North Coast 'bush' strikes me as luxuriant, languishing and luscious, whereas the Central Coast was wild and windblown, it's colours earthy. My work is informed by my Celtic roots which was initially expressed through the medium of lino print. Interpreting the 'big scrub' in a way that expressed the draping vines, the stillness and the fecundity that it exudes became my new artist's challenge. 'Big Scrub on Heat' represents the first in a series that I am currently working on".



'Dusk'     Margaret Walsh    Nobbys Creek
Soft Pastel     40cm x 50cm     $480     mnalilly@gmail.com

"Viewed from the Tweed Valley, the magnificent Lamington plateau is seen as a series of hills and valleys in the far distance, all at an elevation of about 900 metres above sea level. During this sunset, as seen from my residence at Nobbys Creek, the wonderful soft blending of blues, pinks and yellows give the dark silhouette of the ranges a spectacular back drop. This was my first artwork in soft pastels and was an extremely satisfying and rewarding experience".



'Black-backed Magpies'     Margaret Walsh    Nobbys Creek
Soft Pastel     30cm x 40cm     $450     mnalilly@gmail.com

"Each year the magpies bring their young to sit in the trees out the front of my house at Nobbys Creek. While the parent's distinct warble echoes around the valley, totally unconcerned by my presence, the youngsters squawk nervously as they clumsily pick at all manner of different things to test if they are edible. The adults busily fossick for titbits, usually on the ground. These beautiful birds are one of many species we have in the area that make it such a wonderful place to live".



'Lismore and Beyond'     Scott Whittingham    East Lismore
Oil     80cm x 80cm     $1100     scottwhittingham@me.com

"The Lismore region has an abundance of rolling hills, unique flora and fauna and also some of the last areas of the old growth forest. This painting was inspired by the need to protect our land from the CSG industry and give praise for the community involvement to achieve this. After visiting the Lismore agricultural show, and going for a drive close to the time of the eclipse, I realized there is so much beauty to be seen even in the paddocks of properties with only remnant vegetation. I genuinely believe we must all strive to protect our precious environment and the uniqueness of the Caldera region and for future generations and continued survival of species and biodiversity of all creatures great and small".



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