In 1980 I acquired a copy of Birds of Australian Gardens by Tess Kloot and Ellen McCulloch, with paintings by Peter Trusler. I still have the book and regard the paintings as some of the finest artistic depictions of Australian birds that you’re ever likely to see.
Peter Trusler has gone on to be one of Australia’s best wildlife artists, specialising in palaeontological illustration as well as birds – Click here to learn more about his career.
Recently I had the good fortune to see one of his early paintings, a portrait study of an immature male Spotted Harrier – a special bird for me as it can be seen locally on the Moolort Plains. This wonderful original watercolour is one of a number of works to be auctioned on the 27th November at the Newstead Arts Hub – as a fundraiser for this vibrant community-run creative space. There are still tickets available (click here for details).
Can’t make it on the night? … Get in touch to enter a silent bid ahead of time or over the phone on the night. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to secure your favourite piece of art now!