‘Paradise’ Moyra Le Blanc Smith
I am an artist who is passionate about Australia. I paint nature-inspired oil paintings of forests, flowers, the outback, gum trees and the sea. My art brings with it a message of the beauty of our world. For some time now I have been hoping to find a way to make a difference in some way, to how our beautiful Australia is cared for and to leave a better country for our children and grandchildren in which to live and grow.
Having travelled extensively around Australia, I have been able to observe and realise how fragile and vulnerable our natural areas are. They are under immense pressure because of the increasing need for infrastructure, human impact, logging and food production. I wonder where this will lead us in the future. Too many animals and plants have become extinct. Humans, plants and animals require the natural environment for survival and to be surrounded by beauty is necessary for our wellbeing.
Leadbeater’s Possum is a seriously cute little animal. It lives in Victoria’s Mountain Ash forests. The possum was thought to be extinct until it’s discovery in 1961 near Marysville. Now it is on the Critically Endangered list due to loss of habitat from clear-fell logging and bushfires. 45 % of the Permanent Reserve System set up to protect it, was decimated in the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.
The Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum have a plan to create the Great Forest National Park. This will protect not only the possum, but also other creatures and of course the Mountain Ash trees which are it’s main habitat.
When I heard the story of the plight of the tiny Leadbeater’s Possum, it tugged at my heart-strings and I knew that this was a cause I needed to support. Why not use my art to make a difference to the survival of this creature and along with it, the other animals and plants which will be nurtured in the process?
My first solo exhibition ‘ Inspired by Nature’ will be held for the month of April at Eagles Nest Gallery in Aireys Inlet on the Great Ocean Road. The Gallery owner Nadia Rocchi and myself have collaborated to donate 20% of the sales from this exhibition to the Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum. The official opening is on the 2nd April 2016 from 3 – 5 pm. This also co-incides with Possum Awareness Week April 3 – 9 2016
So why not take a drive down to beautiful Aireys Inlet in April 2016, view this very special art exhibition and make a difference to Victoria’s critically endangered fauna emblem?
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