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Snowgums, after the fires.

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

'Snowgums' is inspired by time spent in Harrietville, at the foot of my favorite ski mountain, Mt Hotham in Victoria's High Country.

As you travel through the High Country, the devastation of the 2003 bushfires is still bleakly evident. It was a tragedy for many people and a reminder of the fragility of life. But it's also an opportunity to take stock of what we have, who we are, and how lucky we are to be here at all.

Bushfires are a reminder that nature is beautiful and powerful, but also fragile - just like us.

'Snowgums' is an encaustic wax series, depicting the time after a bushfire. The bushfires in 2003 were devastating for the High Country community. The scars are still there today, but nature has found a way to thrive and create beautiful new landscapes in its wake.

My paintings show the scars of the fires, blackened trunks, smokey mist and the absence of foliage, yet there is a richness of colour and depth within the remaining trunks, hinting at the beauty that remains.

I'm excited to share this new series with you, and I hope that you'll be inspired by it too. There is so much beauty in the world, even after tragedy, if we are willing to look for it!

'Snowgums' can be found at Gallery 7six5 in Watsons Creek, Victoria, Australia, and on my website,

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