60cm x 91cm (23.5" x 35.5")

Resin, acrylic paint on a cradled wood panel.

This painting was inspired by the banksia trees you see in the bush and around the lake shores. The cones have little pods which contain the seeds of the banksia. These look like small mouths. May Gibbs, a famous Australian author/ illustrator made these cones into characters for her books which had a huge impact on me as I was growing up. Years ago I wrote and illustrated a picture book full of Australian animals titled "Butterfly Kisses" published by Margaret Hamilton Books.