2020 Charity Work

Posted by Antoinette Ferwerda on

A bespoke piece lovingly painted and donated to the #propertyunites bushfire recovery fundraising event.

Inspired by the striking natural beauty of the diverse landscape of the Gippsland region. From snow-capped mountains to rolling green hills, lush rainforests to open beaches, winding waterways to rugged coastlines; the landscape, flora and fauna of this region has inspired many of the artworks in the ‘Hills Series’ over the years. The vibrant palette of the piece is signature to recent works in this series, resembling the abundance and diversity of nature within the region - plants, trees, woodlands, water and animals that call Gippsland home.
The shimmering and dramatic gold leaf sky was introduced to finish the piece and represent a golden, restorative energy upon Gippsland, in hope that the land, flora and fauna native to the area regenerates following the recent harsh and devastating bushfires.

'Forever Hills’ is a testament to the golden spirit of the land and its people, who together will recover and rebuild their communities.

It brings me so much joy to be part of such an incredible event with ‘Forever Hills’ being sold at live auction for 10k with over $200k raised overall for Zoos Victoria and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
As a lover of the Australian landscape, I was extremely proud to produce and donate ‘BANKSIA HILLS’ to support the Australian Bushfire relief and renewal.
The incredible initiative #gatherforgood2020 is the brainchild of founder and owner of Canvas House, Nash Teelow and chef Ian Curley.
The native Australian flower, the Banksia, inspired this piece. Being a natural flower that has the ability to fight and survive bushfires, the Banksia release their seeds in the wake of a fire, where they fall on well-cleaned, brightly-lit ground recently fertilised with ash, allowing for new growth within a short period of time.
The total event raised $130,100 for the Victorian Bushfire Disaster appeal, a fantastic initiative by Nash and the Canvas House and team.

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