Emergent (Eucalyptus regnans)

Paintings

Finalist

Oil on canvas, 101x76cm

Styx Valley, Tasmania

The painting was inspired by a visit to the "Big tree reserve" which is a few hectares of old forest surrounded by industrial monoculture. Once the valley was full of these forest giants emerging from a rich rainforest of sassafras and myrtle. The little that remains of this wild and precious ecosystem is still threatened.

by Bernard O'Grady