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ISBN: 9781922089298
Dimensions: 29x23cm
Pages: 144
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Brush with Gondwana

Written by Janda Gooding
Artwork by Pat DundasRica Erickson (d.2009)Ellen HickmanPenny LeechMargaret PieroniKatrina SymePhilippa Nikulinsky


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Seven leading botanical artists are brought together for the first time in this beautifully illustrated book. Author Janda Gooding shares the stories behind each artist’s illustrations and reveals a rich and diverse record of Western Australia’s unique flora, fauna and fungi.


‘The illustrations are the highlight of the book, with a keen sense of composition, accuracy and shade. While some of the flowers may be familiar, it is not often we see them in such detail and vivid colour … a visually stunning book.’ R.M. Williams Outback

‘… more than 100 exquisite illustrations from seven of Australia’s leading botanical artists.’ Australian Geographic

‘… a very valuable document and testimony to the continued vitality of botanical art in Australia.’ Australian Gardening History

‘… the artwork in this collection is the undeniable drawcard. This is a simply stunning book that surpasses mere botanical appeal.’ Gardening Australia

‘… lavishly illustrated with a variety of native floral species as well as funghi and native orchids and provides an important record of this influential group [of artists].’ Artist’s Chronicle

Pages: 144
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781922089298
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Janda Gooding

Janda Gooding worked as a Curator at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1979 to 2005 where she curated many thematic and survey exhibitions as well as retrospectives of Australian artists A.B. Webb and Kathleen O’Connor. In 2005 she moved to Canberra to take up a position as Senior Curator of Art at the […]

Pat Dundas

Pat Dundas is a well-known botanical illustrator who specialises in Orchids.

Rica Erickson (d.2009)

Rica Erickson’s early illustrated books, Orchids of the West (1951), Triggerplants (1958), and Plants of Prey in Australia (1968) have inspired botanical artists for decades. These guidebooks combined wonderful illustrations, simplicity of expression and good scientific information which encouraged readers to be inquisitive and to look closely at plants in the Western Australian bush. Throughout […]

Ellen Hickman

Ellen Hickman was born in England in 1968 and migrated to Western Australia in 1971. After completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Botany in 1991, she was employed by The University of Western Australia to illustrate a monograph of the family Restionaceae. In 1993 she travelled overseas, working as an illustrator at the […]

Penny Leech

Penny Leech was born in England in 1947 and lives and works in Denmark, Western Australia. She is known for her ‘Found Objects’ paintings, a series which depicts often quirky and humorous narratives around a collection of items from bush and seashore. Penny was the founding member in 1992 of the Botanical Artists Group in […]

Margaret Pieroni

Margaret Pieroni is a Western Australian artist and botanist.

Katrina Syme

Katrina Syme was born in the UK in 1947 and arrived in WA in 1953. On a holiday in Tasmania in 1982 she discovered fungi, filling her diary with paintings of their incredibly beautiful fruiting bodies. This fascination increases for Katrina with each passing year and she is torn between painting them and documenting new […]

Philippa Nikulinsky

Philippa Nikulinsky is the most celebrated of the wildlife artists living in Western Australia. Her particular specialty is recording the phenomenal natural history in this enormous state, a history that provides a famous national heritage that has fascinated experts and artists alike from the time of exploration onwards. Her reputation rests not merely in matters […]