Caldera Art


Welcome to the CA 2016 online Exhibition

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'Wattle'     Bec Andersen    Mt. Tamborine
Hand Tufted Rug 100% wool, hand dyed    90cm x 90cm   $850
info@becandersen.com

"After the devastation of bushfire comes new life, with wattle usually the first flower to appear. It is resurrected from the dead, blooming from nothing, it is a strong and positive symbol for all Australian People.There are more than 900 species of Acacia in Australia with the Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha being Australia's national floral emblem. The caldera region has a number of naturally occurring wattle species. On the first day of spring each year, we celebrate National Wattle Day when it's a time to recommit to caring for our land, respecting and protecting our native flora and fauna". 


'Koala'     Suzanne Blatcher    Currumbin Valley
Graphite     36cm x 28cm     $100    suzanneblatcher@gmail.com

"This national icon of Australia, the koala, is listed as vulnerable in the Scenic Rim. The main cause is the loss of habitat, due to the clearance of open forests and woodlands, in which the koala's food trees, the eucalypts, grow.
There are over 600 species of eucalypts in Australia, but generally koalas within a particular area will browse on only a few of these species, occasionally feeding from other species. Hopefully the various groups in the region, planting trees to create more habitat for koalas, will stop the decline in their population".


'Haven in the Wetlands'     Margaret E Brown    Wollongbar
Charcoal     58cm x 72cm   $1,200     marna26@outlook.com

"In our area, wetlands are an integral part of the natural environment. They provide habitat for a diverse range of plants and animals. Typically, they are nursery areas for many aquatic creatures, and attract not only resident but migratory birds.The diversity of wetlands give a range of benefits, including economic, social and cultural ones, so that, as in “Haven in the Wetlands”, they may provide a sheltered retreat from the busy world for other organisms as well as ourselves. Many a person  has appreciated the quiet beauty of such a place, with its dappled light and shade, and serenity".


'Misty Morning'     Brenda Bryant    Chillingham
Pastel     35cm x 50cm   $490    brendabry@gmail.com

"As a resident of Chillingham, I love to walk in the mornings.  I loved the way the old timber fence and cattle yards looked on a misty winter morning.  The fence seemed to pop out from the mist, while the trees were barely visible".


'The Pass Byron Bay'     Brenda Bryant    Chillingham
Acrylic     61cm x 122cm   $800    brendabry@gmail.com

"Volcanic rocks in the foreground sets the scene of a dramatic sunset at The Pass, Byron Bay. Both the sky and the ocean provide a beautiful orange light as the sunset over the distant mountains in the west bursts out among dark moody clouds. The Pass is situated at the southern end of Clarkes Beach at Byron, and is where my family and I spent many happy holidays".


'The Earth Remembers'     Haynes Collins    Burringbar
Ecoprint    30cm x 50cm   $295    jmcollinshaynes@gmail.com

"Since colonisation the Caldera has witnessed the layering of European culture onto the indigenous landscape.
The clearing of indigenous flora for the cultivation of introduced species to support an introduced lifestyle and the inevitable disposal of waste from manufactured goods into landfill has altered the land permanently. These cultured imprints represent this permanent state where the living and non-living, the introduced and the indigenous share the same ground".


'Crams Farm Reserve'     Graham Cossey    Pottsville
Oil   45cm x 60cm   $680    gcossey@gmail.com

"At the upper reaches of the Clarrie Hall dam the road meanders through a carpet of green, dotted with picnic tables sheltered by magnificent pines. Two pelicans on the wing patrolled the waters. Ducks, ducklings and water birds various glided on the dam surface. In the distance towards Mt. Warning two wedge tail eagles soared. A lace monitor meandered past inspecting trees until he nimbly disappeared up his selection. A second vehicle arrived, it felt like an intrusion as a family set up their picnic 200 metres away".


'Glass Creek'     Mark Davis   Alstonville
Etched Glass and Infrared Photography   52cm x 62cm   $700
mark@markd.photography

"Terania Creek flows through the Nightcap National Park like a river of molten glass – beautiful and fragile as it carves a path through the rainforest. As I walk along the track, I see the flora lovingly kissed by the water of the creek. The creek is so powerful and yet so vulnerable just like a piece of glass. The whole ecosystem could be smashed if we do not follow the care instructions for this valuable natural resource. I was inspired by this wonderful creek to create artwork that showed the beauty and fragility of the caldera".


'Great Wings'     Mark Davis   Alstonville
Infrared Photography    130cm x 46cm   $400   mark@markd.photography

"Robert Gray’s poem ends with “the feeling that I wear great wings while stepping along the earth.” inspired me to create this image. Sometimes I feel that I wear great wings and can fly above the caldera mesmerised by the peace and tranquility. If everyone could wear great wings they would be more mindful of the splendour of the region that we live in. From the mountains to the coast, it must be nurtured because if we do not love it we will most definitely loose it".


'Glossy Black Cockatoo with Casaurinas'     Rebecca Davis   Lismore
Hand Coloured Lino Print   30cm x 30cm      $175    tatoo6eki@gmail.com

"I am a print maker from the Northern Rivers and currently undertaking a body of work in relief printing. My work explores the issues of environmental conservation and the impact on native fauna due to deforestation and urban development. I executes my work in a bold illustrative style with a keen eye for the elements of line and composition".


'Bald Mountain - A Birds Eye View'     Lesley Doherty    Murwillumbah
Pastels     40cm x 61cm   $350   lesdoherty@hotmail.com

"Bald mountain is where wedgetail eagles and brown shouldered kites soar high then swoop to catch their prey. The views from here encompass Mt Warning, The Cougals, Limpinwood, Chillingham and Tyalgum.
Bald Mt can be seen from Zara Road, turning at Bald Mt Road. The drive takes you through an avenue of trees, with farmlets nestled on eithe sSide of the mountain’s slopes. Access is private property only. The many shades of green, the mauves and blues of the hills inspired me to put my pastels to paper and create this painting".


'I cannot live without you'     Kim Godfrey    Tweed Heads
Found objects, watercolour on canvas and paper     45cm x 30cm   $800
kim@kimgodfreyart.com

"In the pollinating of plants our native Australian bees play a crucial role in maintaining a diverse ecosystem that relies on the natural cycle. Mutualism- that which benefits both organisms, plays a key role in the ecology of the Cassia brewsteri var.marksianaplant where the native bees, Hylaeuss Turgicollaris  pollinate the plant and one cannot survive without the other. The plant is endangered in the lowland to mid moist rainforest region of the Caldera region. The  assemblage uses children’s building blocks and supermarket fruit /vegetable sacks as a metaphor for the challenges the natural environment faces with its displacement by human development".


'And you are nothing without me'     Kim Godfrey    Tweed Heads
Found objects, watercolour on canvas and paper     40cm x 26cm   $520
kim@kimgodfreyart.com

"The connectedness between species, known as mutualism is a relationship when two organisms of different species ‘work together’ each benefiting from the relationship. The bees, Hylaeus Turgicollaris,  being Australian natives  and the Cassia brewsterivar. marksiana flowers, this symbiotic relationship is interdependent. One cannot survive without the other. The Cassia plant is endangered in the lowland to mid moist rain forest region of the Caldera region.The assemblage includes children’s building blocks, fruit/vegetable sacks and boxes representing urban structures. This reflects the urbanisation of natural habitats by humans, usually to the detriment of fragile ecosystems".


'Rainforest on the way to Protestors Falls'     Janet Hassall    Corndale
Acrylic     90cm x 90cm   $500    janet.hassall@aanet.com.au

"Heavy rain had fallen a few days prior to our walk to Protestors Falls an area well remembered for the protests against logging in the 1970s.  The rainforest was so wonderfully damp and glistening with moisture, sunlight filtered mysteriously through the trees and bounded across the small palms which seemed to dominate the area.  It was a very magic place and unforgettable place.  I just had to try and capture that moment in time".


'The Clearing'     Barry Henderson    Banora Point
Acrylic     75cm x 60cm   $450   barry.henderson4@bigpond.com

"That instance when you step out of deep shadow into bright sunlight and you are, for one blazing moment, completely dazzled, completely disoriented;
hastily you retreat back into the forest again, your eyes cannot compensate and the black closes in – not dark and threatening but cool and comforting,
enclosing you in its green embrace.Through a gap in the trees, the last of the sun brushes the mountain top. The day is done, and we must return to the coast".


'Tiny Bird Big Voice'     Sally Hinton    Pottsville
Photography     29cm x 42cm   $390   sallye15@gmail.com

"This tiny little Red-backed Fairy Wren is full of song as spring arrives on Norrie’s Headland. He is the smallest of the Fairy Wrens and is endemic to Australia and is often found along the Tweed’s coastal areas. The low shrubs on Norrie’s Headland are perfect cover for these tiny birds. This male had a cute little brown mate and the pair were busily foraging in the bushes oblivious to the crowds who climbed the headland whale both watching and taking in the amazing coastal views".


'Icons of the Tweed'     Sally Hinton    Pottsville
Photography     35cm x 40cm   $390   sallye15@gmail.com

"Two of the Tweed Shire’s most iconic landmarks; Mt Warning which is at the centre of the caldera and a magnificent Humpback whale calf in the one image! The Humpback whale migration occurs every winter and the waters off the Tweed are a wonderful spot to see these magnificent giants of the sea up close. The calf in this image would only be a few weeks old and the pure joy of living can be seen as it dives fluke-up in our sheltered waters with Mt Warning as a rather impressive backdrop".


'Disappearing Colours'     David Holston    Nunderi
Photo printed on glass    50cm x 30cm   $150   ridgewalker3@gmail.com

"Phaius australis var. australis.Common.  Names: Common, Lesser or Southern Swamp Orchid. Conservation Status: ENDANGERED

A Large evergreen plant that forms in clumps, with the flowers internal colours  of reddish brown sometimes with yellow veins. There is possibly only two to three isolated colonies left in the Tweed where it was widespread in swamps dominated by Melaleuca quinquenervia. Land clearing and illegal collecting have depleted this plant. The photo was taken late one afternoon during a strong breeze".

'The Eye of the Storm'     Christina Houen    Murwillumbah
Pastel    42cm x 51cm   $600   farthestnorth1@westnet.com.au

"This extraordinary cloud crossed our valley towards the end of summer, 2016. Storms in the Caldera bring most of our annual rainfall, and are welcomed, despite the temporary inconvenience of flooding and damage to crops. The mystery and awe of the storm's creative/destructive force has taken a spiral form, one of the recurring patterns in nature, encoded into plants, animals, humans, the earth, and galaxies around us. My painting celebrates the wonder of this force".


'Valley Sunrise'     Christina Houen    Murwillumbah
Pastel    51cm x 69cm   $1,000   farthestnorth1@westnet.com.au

"The Tweed Valley's soft green folds are framed by the rim of mountains, with Wollumbin, remnant of the ancient volcano, pointing up and reminding us of its violent past, 23 million years ago. This fertile valley is the biggest erosion caldera in the southern hemisphere, and among the largest in the world. The folded mountains are shrouded in mist, as the sun rises and catches the tips of grass and trees".


'Estuary 1'     Susan Jacobsen    Ballina
Ceramic , cast material, steel and mixed media    59cm x 10cm x 10cm   $800   
riverstudio@optusnet.com.au

"The estuarine environment of our high energy coastline, has critical environmental significance. Mangrove habitats provide the basis of a complex marine food chain, importance as a migratory bird habitat and a place for the protection of maturing offspring.Water quality and the stabilisation of sediments  mitigate the  environmentally adverse effects of development and pollution.These natural members of the estuary system have great importance to a healthy marine ecology and our region".


'Habitat 1'     Susan Jacobsen    Ballina
Ceramic , cast material, steel and mixed media    31cm x 24cm x 11cm   $600   
riverstudio@optusnet.com.au

"Our river habitat is a constantly changing  environment. Water levels rise and fall in response to rainfall, events , seasonal change and human intervention.
Small tributaries have  ecological significance  in our  subtropical climate of high rainfall, carrying  fertile volcanic soil, remnants of rainforest, and other matter downstream. Fragile, smaller tributaries impact on the  larger  river  system and should be revered".


'Plant Impressions'     Kristine Kowitz    Tweed Heads
Photographic Art   50cm x 40cm  $270   kris.kowitz@gmail.com

"Plants have made an impression on us in many ways. They are a source of food and medicine. They are wonderful to look at – some for their majestic size and others for their delicate beauty. They are a source of our fragrances used in cooking and perfume making. This image was manipulated to give an impression of the original plant to portray this concept".


'Reflections'     Kristine Kowitz    Tweed Heads
Photographic Art   40cm x 50cm  $270   kris.kowitz@gmail.com

"Seagulls are an iconic part of coastal life yet we often only take notice of them when we are trying to eat our fish and chip meal. Sadly many have become dependent on humans for their food source. We don't realise the impact we have on nature until we reflect on our actions. Hence the name of my work – Reflections".


'Living Colour'     Kathryn Latter    Tyalgum
Pastel   41cm x 51cm  $950   kathryn.latter1@bigpond.com

"The Robyn Gordon Grevillea is a very popular and much loved hybrid plant growing throughout Australian gardens, from cool temperate to subtropical climates.  A spectacular display of colour with deep red flowers is very attractive to nectar feeding birds such as the Scarlet Honeyeater. This species is Australia's smallest honeyeater. The male is a striking, bright scarlet red colour, while the female is entirely brown.The rich red tones contrasted against the myriad of green patterns provides the most beautiful of subjects for a painting".


'Rufous Fantail'     Sue McLeod    Myocum
Pastel   25cm x 35cm    NFS    sue.mcleod3@gmail.com

"Rufous fantails migrate to eastern and southern coastal Australia between September to March, to breed. To return to their winter quarters,  some of these brave little flyers even cross the Torres Strait, quite a feat considering that they usually prefer the shelter of denser rainforest understoreys. They feed on small flying insects and are difficult to photograph due to their constant flitting about, the sun often highlighting their beautiful fanned tails. It's heartening to see such a species regularly inhabiting, in the warmer months, revegetated and remnant rainforests pockets along our lane in Myocum near Mullumbimby".


'Southern Log-Runner'     Sue McLeod    Myocum
Pastel   25cm x 35cm    NFS    sue.mcleod3@gmail.com

"I was lucky to be able to observe and photograph a logrunner in a neighbours rainforest gully. This ground-dwelling bird, found only on the east coast of NSW and South Queensland, uses strong legs and a sturdy beak for foraging in leaf litter. I saw it prop on its tail at times, leaving clear depressions with its tail spines to reveal the invertebrates it feeds on. Unlike most species, the female, as depicted here, is the more colourful partner, with its orange-rufous throat. Though the pure white throat of the male is equally attractive".


'The Beautiful Common'     Mary Minard    
Acrylic   120cm x 100cm    $700    mez.art@bigpond.com

"I have chosen to portray two of our most common examples of local flora and birdlife, namely the lorikeet and the grevillea.

I have chosen these two particularly for their commonality, because as we have regretfully realised, the common can become uncommon, even extinct in all too short a time. Let’s celebrate their flashing colour and bush perfume with gratitude that they are still here".

'Banksia Cones'     Greg Mulheran     Bilambil Heights
Mono-Print and watercolour    48cm x 61cm    $675    gregm@fultontrotter.com.au

"There are 173 banksia species and all but one occur naturally in Australia. There are no species in Eastern Australia that are common to Western Australia. The flower heads of Banksia are made up of hundreds, and sometimes thousands of tiny individual flowers grouped together, with colours ranging from yellow to red, and the fruit are hard and woody and grouped together to resemble cones, but they are not true cones, which occur only in pines. The fruits protect the seeds from foraging animals and from fire. In many species the fruit will not open until they have been burnt and completely dried out".


'Dirawong     Greg Mulheran     Bilambil Heights
Watercolour    75cm x 95cm    $1,800    gregm@fultontrotter.com.au

"Goannas are a form of monitor lizard common to Australia.There are 20 different species, adapted to varying habitats, but interestingly, they all look similar. They have sharp teeth and long claws, and forage and hunt for lizards, snakes, insects, birds, eggs and small mammals.Like snakes, their lower jaw unhinges to eat larger prey.In Bundjalung Nation mythology, Dirawong is an unseen spiritual creature, also known as the Goanna Spirit. He is one of the Creator Beings of the Bundjalung Nation, and is the benevolent protector of its people from the Rainbow Serpent.In the foreground of the painting, Dirawong stands guard over the remnants of aboriginal ground painting".


'Impending Storm'     Roslyn Oakes     Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas    50cm x 40cm    $595    roslynoakes@gmail.com

"The Pinnacle is a rocky escarpment that protrudes like a huge sculpture out from the Border Ranges. Access to this national park is by the Tweed Ranges Scenic Drive with a 200m walk from The Pinnacle car park. The lookout itself has breathtaking views over the entire Green Cauldron. I found the enveloping mist and urgency of the white cockatoos from the incoming storm to be an inspiring image to paint".


'Rainforest View'     Roslyn Oakes     Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas    60cm x 75cm    NFS    roslynoakes@gmail.com

"The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia spill across fifty separate parks in northern New South Wales and South East Queensland. Rainforest is the most diverse ecosystem on earth yet it only covers 6% of the world’s surface. If this vital ecosystem is to survive, remaining areas of rainforest must be protected. Three quarters of New South Wales rainforest have disappeared since European settlement. The remnants of old Gondwanaland that carry with them still the breath of paradise, since now it seems agreed that Eden must have been a rainforest".


'Eyes of the Caldera'   Dereka Ogden    Tugun
Oil     102cm x51cm   $100
christinereadart@hotmail.com

"We go about our business and give little or no thought to the other animals living along side us.  They are part of our world and deserve more respect and less destruction of their habitats.  Remember their eyes are on us.  Stand up for our wildlife".


'The Thin White Line'     Angela Parr     East Ballina
Watercolour    71cm x90cm    $1,500    muzzange1@bigpond.com

"I found this Tawny Frogmouth minutes after it had been fatally hit by a vehicle. It was almost perfect (even in death) and needed its beauty recorded. And so this painting was born, depicting the fragility of our birdlife, one minute flying in the night sky and the next a victim on our roads".


'Lift'     Deborah Pearse     Byron Bay
Photography    38cm x57cm    $450    deb@byronbaybackyard.com.au

"Dawn on the Brunswick River in a tinny and an Osprey makes a  dramatic swoop towards something it spots on the water, talons outreached it makes impact, retracts its legs and lifts off casting its reflection in the river. Osprey are unusual in that they are a single living species that occur almost world-wide and as a fish eating bird their presence is a great indicator of the health of our rivers".


'The Sunset Run'     Deborah Pearse     Byron Bay
Photography    38cm x57cm    $480    deb@byronbaybackyard.com.au

"Every evening around the same time, just on sunset, flocks of Cattle Egret head across Byron Bay to the wetlands where they find their roosting spots for the night.  A relatively small snowy egret, it’s quite common. As sunset these clouds of  white birds are beautiful and further distinguished during breeding season with an orange crown, neck and breast, long neck plumes and vividly coloured bills and legs".


'Caldera Gold Tops'     Cameron Pitcher     Smiths Creek
Photography    53cm x101cm    $600    cpitcher99@gmail.com

"The single most defining geographical feature of Northern NSW is the Tweed Caldera. It shapes the land, the climate, the ecosystems and the lives of all the creatures that live within it. Millions of years of erosion of a once active volcano have stripped, rippled and folded the land into patterns of ridges and valleys. In this image the sinking, afternoon side-light washes the landscape in gold, illuminating patterns, shapes and repeating forms that reveal the Caldera’s inherent beauty and define its unique formations".


'Having a look around'     Cameron Pitcher     Smiths Creek
Photography    30cm x60cm    $550    cpitcher99@gmail.com

"Photographing wildlife is a process of stillness, patience and observation. Most of the time you are still; most of the time you are waiting; and all of the time you are watching. I find that watching wild animals is quite different to watching people. There is purity in their movements, a certain grace and an alert presence. I spent considerable time watching this group of Pied Cormorants as I shot and waited for the right grouping of forms and interaction. I watched the dance of their graceful craning necks and their pointing beaks and ever alert eyes as they scanned the horizon on all sides. I watched them as they watched everything else".


'Dark Waters'     Jennifer Porter     Uki
Oil on canvas    40cm x60cm    $650    doryanthes@hotmail.com

"A mighty chain of coastal wetlands once existed along the east coast of Australia.  Since 1788 most have disappeared or have been altered due to human intervention. Fortunately pockets of these watery crucibles still exist within the Tweed Caldera.  Each lake or billabong is distinctly unique in its biodiversity, providing habitats for plant, animal and birdlife. I paint them because their continued existence is fragile and their demise is ever present. My painting Dark Waters alludes to the importance of conserving these special pockets of beauty which reside within our vast  Green Cauldron".


'In Moonlight'     Susan Powell     Murwillumbah
Pastel   50cm x40cm    $490    powellsusan713@gmail.com

"Australia's several black cockatoo species are magnificent birds but most are on the endangered list owing to land clearing, especially flowering plants that specifically provide food for this wonderful genus. I have depicted this female contemplating this by the light of the moon. An analogy of its demise".


'Water Bugs'     John Pumpurs     Eungella
Photography    60cm x30cm    $150    tirtelak@bigpond.com

"These are macroinvertebrates found in the Caldera-a small sampleof the incredible diversity in our waterways.Collected for water quality testing, most of these bugs have not been identified to species level.The top image is of a freshwater snail. The bottom image is of a damselfly larva and the middle image is of an as-yet unidentified macroinvertebrate discovered by the photographer. All three are approximately 12mm long".


'Wompoo'     John Pumpurs     Eungella
Photography    60cm x30cm    $150    tirtelak@bigpond.com

"The Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) is found throughout the Caldera, especially in forested areas where fruiting trees are found. Intoxicated on fermenting fruit, they can often fly into house windows ,with devastating results. These images are from one such bird. The top image is of the underside of the wing, the middle image is of the chest feathers and the bottom image is of the topside of the wing- all showing the amazing colour and detail of the feathers of these beautiful birds".


'Crossroads of humans and nature'   Joanne Quelch    Loganholme
Textile (commercial fabrics, wadding, threads)    48cm x61cm   $290
sewjo@optusnet.com.au

"With expanding development for housing, farming & increased human reliance on vehicles for daily transportation, environmental impacts often extend far beyond connecting road surfaces.  Roads dramatically alter landscapes & impact wildlife –  shifting population demographics, environmental pollution by light, noise & chemicals, declined food sources, loss of habitat, stress, mortality (represented by roads as a cross).   Frayed & patched fabrics represent habitat fragmentation & disintegration of species.  Organza animals represent slow disappearance of species such as Koala, Parma Wallaby, Giant Dragonfly, Fleays barred frog, & various birds ".


'Tread lightly on the Earth:Banksia and Casuarina'   Christine Read    Lennox Head
Pencil, gold acrylic and gouache     57cm x47cm   $400
christinereadart@hotmail.com

"The two works in the series ‘Tread Lightly on the Earth’ depict in my take on the Japanese ‘Rinpa' Style of art, some of our native plants - they grow on my property and are precious elements of our ancient and fragile land. My property was, until 30 years ago cattle grazing paddocks, it now supports many more trees which provide habitat for birds, possums and native gliders".


'Tread lightly on the Earth:Eucalypt'   Christine Read    Lennox Head
Pencil, gold acrylic and gouache     57cm x47cm   $400
christinereadart@hotmail.com

"The two works in the series ‘Tread Lightly on the Earth’ depict in my take on the Japanese ‘Rinpa' Style of art, some of our native plants - they grow on my property and are precious elements of our ancient and fragile land. My property was, until 30 years ago cattle grazing paddocks, it now supports many more trees which provide habitat for birds, possums and native gliders".


'Sunset Rain Dance'     Amanda Reichelt-Brushett    McLeans Ridges
Acrylic on canvas     91cm x 61cm     $750
amanda.reichelt-brushett@scu.edu.au

"Brolga’s (Grus rubicunda) are listed as vulnerable in NSW as less 10% of the population occurs in our state. They are lovers of wetlands and past practices of floodplain drainage has reduced their habitat. The reintroduction of water flows to wetlands and swaps will support their population.  I was lucky enough to enjoy the dance of these proud birds near Riley’s Hill in the Richmond River catchment".


'Caldera Wildscapes'     Andy Reimanis    Murwillumbah
Photography, print on canvas     30cm x 45cm    $150    andyr@westnet.com.au

"Morning mists cling to the Back Creek catchment with the mighty Pinnacle standing tall within the western escarpments of the Tweed erosion caldera. Spectacular landscapes such as this can readily be experienced by residents and visitors to the Tweed region, yet are often overlooked as destinations worth exploring. The Caldera Wildscapes website facilitates detailed self-drive information and encourages people to go out and experience the places that inspire caldera artists to create artworks promoting the natural environment values of the region. This photo was taken along Brays Creek road south-west of Tyalgum and is included in the Around Wollumbin Mt Warning PhotoTrail".


'Land-Use Impacts'     Andy Reimanis    Murwillumbah
Photography, print on canvas     30cm x 45cm    $150    andyr@westnet.com.au

"This image encapsulates several aspects of land-use that has significantly impacted the landscapes of the Tweed region since European settlement. The upper slopes of ridgelines were heavily cleared for banana plantations. Very few now remain, with invasive weeds taking over former plantation sites. The river flood-plains, once covered by lush sub-tropical rainforests, now supports a thriving sugar-cane industry. The once viable dairy farms are now all but gone, with relatively few beef cattle using the remaining pasture grass. Cut tree stumps symbolise the once intensive timber industry, now overseen by the dreaded Camphor Laurel trees. Photo taken along Old Lismore Rd, off Tyalgum Road.



'Living in the Water from the Heavens'     Jaap Roskam    Warrumbungle
Digital photography     130cm x 39cm    $450
jaaproskam@bataviaphotos.com

"A digital compilation of 11 different photographs by the artist: 
Visualising Living in the (rain)water from the Heavens above Mount Warning flowing through the Rain forested Tweed Valley all the way to the Tweed Coast. The image begins on top with rainclouds / rainbow building up over mt. Warning (Seen from Mt. Burrell), then the water flows over the roots of a Fig Tree (Mt. Warning NP) , a Lady sitting on rocks the water (Brindle Creek) , the flow continues through various rapids (Snake Creek) , a lady walking over a footbridge (Brindle Creek) flowing again (Snake Creek) into the ocean (Cabarita Beach) ".


'The Orphan'     Lesley Ryan     Lennox Head
Graphite, coloured pencil and ink     85cm x 75cm     $750
lesleyryanart@hotmail.com

"Meet “Squawk”, he was orphaned along with a magpie during the last series of severe storms on the East Coast. The magpie and the butcher bird have  been very happy to eat together. The pied butcherbird is considered to be the best singer in Australia. They have singing contests and invariably  “Squawk” sings beautifully and for a longer time. The magpie flies off in disgust, only to return with his butcher bird  mate at the next feeding time. A great reward for saving two beautiful birds" .


'Emerald Ground Doves'     Jan Sinclair     North Tumbulgum
Terracotta clay, PVA glue, conté and water-colour pencil    51cm x 63cm    NFS
iaintrish@mac.com

"Six of the worldwide rainforest pigeons are found in Australia, including these pretty little, plump Emerald Doves, which are frequently seen foraging around regrowth patches and along roadsides in the Caldera area. They play a major role in seed dispersal of rainforest species, but unfortunately this includes weeds, such as lantana, which forms dense thickets. For protection they are often seen in pairs as the male shares the incubation of the eggs. Here I have used a mixture of terracotta clay, from my property and PVA glue as a base, to represent their vulnerable habitat" .


'Banksia Integrifolia'     Diane Smith     Kingscliff
Watercolour and ink     43cm x 55cm     $400     dianedoug@bigpond.com

"Banksia Integrifolia: Distribution:  Southern Central & North Coast of NSW.
Banksia are the ultimate natural food tree for native wildlife, especially in winter when other food is scarce. Their abundant flowers are honey-scented spikes of yellow which provide nectar and pollen to a wide range of arboreal mammals, birds, such as parrots and cockatoos, and insects. The leaves have dark green upper surfaces and white undersides, a contrast that can be striking on windy days. After flowering, the “cone” is revealed when all the old flower parts have withered away".


'A clear day in the ranges'     Jan Snowdon     Tyalgum
Oil on coarse linen canvas     49cm x 71cm     $300     snowdonarts@hotmail.com

"I like to paint form life and this painting is one example of this activity. Forested are the ranges and the Nebbin, but cattle roam in the lowlands and wild dogs are one of the problems for wildlife".


'Caldera in transition'     Dellene Strong     Tuckombil via Alstonville
Watercolour     42cm x 61cm     $1,600     del_strong@hotmail.com

"This area is a glorious blend of the vegetation of the Earth and the bounties of the sea. A location that is as ancient and permanent as it is in constant change. Where the land meets the sea is where the ebb and flow of life is most dramatic. The constant pulse of waves crashing against the Earth is as meditative as it is invigorating. Shelley beach, Ballina is a place that restores my connection with the Earth. Standing on the rock shelf is a bridge between two halves of the Caldera and is the inspiration for my painting".


'My backyard in the Caldera'     Dellene Strong     Tuckombil via Alstonville
Watercolour     52cm x 73cm     $1,600     del_strong@hotmail.com

"This is why we moved into the Caldera. For twenty years we have been putting back the trees, shrubs and grasses that belong to the rainforest. In return the rainforest has come back. The wallabies, paddymelons, echidnas and a huge assortment of birds are our daily bread. Birds offer us more than their beauty and presence. They bring back the natural order of things and their songs come from the Earth".


'Truths Encounter-save me'     Barbara Suttie    Murwillumbah
Oil on canvas     50cm x 76cm     $1,850     barb@suttieart.com

"Whilst we have many forested areas we also have a declared endangered Koala population.People and koalas are competing for the same space. Human activity impacts as food trees decline, dogs become a threat to them as too cars and the stress causing the spread of diseased koalas. We do have an opportunity to do something about it. Tweed Shire Council has updates on Koala management. We can support the wildlife corridors or plant Koala food trees. We can join Friends of the Koala or contact them 24/7 if you wish to access the Koala Hotline. Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers also assist and you could donate or volunteer your time".


'Doughboy Drama'     Lindy Treasure    Doon Doon
Pastel     32cm x 42cm     $320     lindytreasure@hotmail.com

"Doughboy’ seems to be a large rock which is termed a ‘volcanic fissure’, where lava once vented from the main shield volcano we now know as Mt Warning or Wollumbin. It stands proudly out from the beautiful cattle farms surrounding it providing a focal point for all those exploring the Doon Doon area from any direction. I have the pleasure of viewing this lovely scene, daily from  my deck and witness the many moods that Doughboy creates with sky and surrounds. This afternoon, the pink mist and the coloured sky combine to provide a stunning scene of pure delight which I love to share".


'After the Storm'     Lindy Treasure    Doon Doon
Pastel     32cm x 42cm     $290     lindytreasure@hotmail.com

"The cauldron of the Tweed is blessed with an annual rainfall of around 1500 millimeters. Coupled with the unique geographical features of the valley, the sub temperate rainforest creates moods that can vary by the hour, with ever changing weather conditions. These hills and pastures, nestled in the South West of the Caldera are overlooked by Mount Jerusalem and Mt Nardi. On this particular afternoon – the temperature dropped. Suddenly, a downpour rained hard and heavy on the landscape. After the storm, with an eerie light, gentle mists rose from the valleys and gullies creating a quiet mood of natural wonder".


'Precious'     Bill Veale    Mullumbimby
Acrylic     90cm x 60cm     $1,800    bill@mullum.com.au

"Often overlooked the forest floor is a rich tapestry. Along the upper reaches of Mullumbimby Creek the brainy interiors of blue figs nestle among the decaying red cedar leaves and fallen branches host beautifully geometric bracket fungi.  Native ginger emerge from the rich leaf litter bringing colour and new life".


'Pelican in the mist'     Alan Wain and Perri Wain    Uki
Digital print (framed)     70cm x 58cm     $380    info@vibrantimaging.com.au

"Photographed by Alan in heavy fog at Crams Farm. Post-production by Perri.
Dams are man-made interventions in the landscape and their construction can be destructive to natural environments. While we hope no more dams are built on our creek and river systems, existing dams do provide valuable habitat for a wide range of wildlife. At Clarrie Hall Dam, at least thirty species of birds have been sighted, including Black Swans, Comb-crested Jacanas and of course, Pelicans".


'Sugar Cane Sunset'     Gerti Webb    Tweed Heads
Photography     42cm x 29cm         gertiw@gmail.com

"This image shows the inter relationship of the fertile volcanic soils of the caldera growing sugarcane with the volcanic plug in the background.  Known as Mount Warning it is an iconic landmark in the northern rivers region. The Condong sugar mill is seen in the centre left, steaming away in the sunset".


'Magic Minyon Falls'     Anki Wickison    Palm Beach
Watercolour/Gouache     72cm x 102cm     $690    daswic@gmail.com

"The Minyon Falls is a plunge waterfall on the Repentance Creek in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. The waterfall descends more than 100 meters (330ft) over the huge rhyolite cliffs which were once part of the Tweed Volcano. The water flow eroded the underlying basalt away to create the waterfall".


'Wollumbin, an iconic landmark'     Anki Wickison    Palm Beach
Watercolour/Gouache     72cm x 102cm     $590    daswic@gmail.com

"Wollumbin Mount Warning is the first place on Australian mainland to be touched by the morning sun.Twenty million years ago the Tweed area was a huge shield volcano. When the volcano became extinct and torrential rains washed away the lava this drained the  valley and a river called  “The Tweed” was formed. The Tweed was gradually opened up to farmers from 1866  and they finally settled on sugar crops and the need for a sugar mill was required , one is at Condong".


'Wedge-Tailed Eagle'     Kalinda Witchey    Bangalow
Acrylic on canvas     92cm x 122cm     $950    witcheyart@hotmail.com

"With a  wingspan greater than any other Australian bird of prey, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle launches itself gracefully into the darkening sky. Its sharp, sophisticated display of feathers reflect the glistening, golden rays of light. These majestic creatures have the ability to capture thermal updrafts, spiralling aloft without a single wing beat. One can only indulge in the unforeseen sighting of this powerful, magnificent bird of the Caldera".


'Blues'     Ana Wojak    Blakebrook
Oils on repurposed sheet steel    90cm x 90cm     $8,000    anawojak@gmail.com

"Small scraps of plastic  wash down the creek from farms upstream after rain … there is an opaque luminosity in the beauty of the blues. Toxic against the fragile translucence of nature. I patrol the creek after every storm and carefully collect each piece… singing the blues, singing the blues, singing the blues…".


'Ghost Bower'     Anna Yeomans    Tugun
Plastic drinking straws    35cm x 50cm x50 cm     NFS
annafrances123@gmail.com

"The male Satin Bowerbird builds an intricate ‘avenue’ of twigs, a bower, to entice a mate.  He surrounds it mainly with blue coloured ‘treasures’, the natural display being feathers, flowers and berries. Satin Bowerbirds now covet blue plastic.  Toxic plastic waste is increasing exponentially in our environment given the plethora of unnecessary, single-use disposable items insidiously encouraged.  Unlike natural display objects, a plastic drinking straw takes around 200 years to break down into small particles which can bioaccumulate in living organisms.  Plastics also kill birds through ingestion and strangulation.This work reverses the bower building structure material, symbolizing the profusion of toxic plastics in our environment".







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