I offered it to raise donations. And here's Steff Crowe with her painting. She has a great feel for the natural world and my art - she "gets it". Steffie's been a tireless campaigner to preserve the Gelorup Forest from the bulldozers, and she watched as this painting developed. She made the best bid at Saturday's memorable garden party, raising funds for the critical legal challenge in the Federal High Court this month. I love to make people happy.
In this painting Banksias, Jarrah, Marri and Tuart reach for a bush butterfly, the Painted Lady. the messy randomness of the Australian bush is what I endeavoured to paint. It is forest ecology: simultaneously complex and simple.