Magnolia grandiflora (Platoon)

1st Prize

Youth

Watercolour on paper

47 x 81cm

How long can Australia continue to propagate exotic plants to create a Northern Hemisphere aesthetic. Should we be appreciating native flora rather than escaping from it; to see beauty in its rusticity and ruthlessness to survive this harsh climate. Ironically, it was the Australian sun that forced these leaves into autumn colours, despite the Magnolia being an evergreen.

 

by Timothy Ronald