JULIE MCENERNY, 'Little Stick #25', 2021, Watercolour pencil, paper size 21 x 15cm
"Little Sticks is a series inspired by fallen sticks and branches and the epiphytes and lichens that grow on them. Mainly from Melaleuca trees (our native paperbarks), the sticks I've found have been host to a range of plants including the Australian ant-plant and button orchid, a range of native ferns, and coloured lichens." Julie McEnerny
After studying at Julian Ashton Art School in the 1980s, Julie developed a career in art and commercial illustration, that has spanned thirty years. In 2009, after turning her practice toward botanical drawing, she commenced the first of five annual residencies and exhibitions with Cairns Botanic Gardens and Tanks Arts Centre. On completion of the fifth residency, a retrospective of the solo exhibitions was toured nationally by the Tanks Arts Centre in partnership with Cairns Botanic Gardens, supported by Australia Council for the Arts. Julie lives in North Queensland and her current work remains in the botanical realm – ranging from colourful exotics to Australian natives of the Wet Tropics region.
Paper is 100% recycled cotton rag, handmade in India (Khadi Papers). If necessary re-flatten by spraying the back and placing under heavy weight eg book overnight. Do not wet the front.