Since 2009 Deirdre Bean has been documenting the mangrove species of Australia. Her studio in Port Douglas is within easy access to the majority of Australia’s forty-two species that are found in estuaries between Cairns and the Daintree River. Most species of mangroves flower and fruit during the wet season. Rain, mosquitos, green ants, cyclones and crocodiles have proved challenges for the fieldwork component of her research.
As a botanical illustrator, Deirdre adheres to exacting standards ensuring all aspects of her subjects are drawn and painted with scientific accuracy.
Living on the edge is the visual outcome of Deirdre’s PhD in Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Her illustrations are in watercolour on paper, a traditional means of documenting natural history subjects.
6th February – 29 May 2016
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