Beneath the Raintrees

My linocut print of the Darwin Raintree shows its strength and radiance, and the home that it provides for many local birds including the Brown Honeyeater. It is part of a series of artworks called ‘Australian Stories’ which gather little told stories of our beautiful, natural environment.

It is a multi colour linocut print using two plates. The Honeyeater has been hand coloured in ink.

The Raintrees of Darwin have a long history of ‘tree hugging’. The Raintree derives its name from its ability to hold water in its curled leaves then release it, ‘raining down’ on those below.

In 1974 80% of trees in the Darwin Botanic Park were lost in Cyclone Tracey including ten damaged raintrees, lying in soaked ground. George Brown, originally charged with removing the trees, investigated how they could be saved. His call rallied the people of Darwin resulting in seven of their beloved trees being saved. In 2021 people power once again saved a sickly Raintree on a roundabout destined for traffic lights. Responding to public pressure, the Council reconsidered the value of the tree to the community planted in 1983, replaced all the tree’s surrounding soil and extended its life for another 25 to 50 years. Now the amenity and environmental value that the tree provides in terms of shade, attraction and location, sees the Raintree’s estimated worth to be $400,000.

Our natural environment, flora and fauna have so much to contribute to the well-being of our land and our people. I use my artworks to highlight their value.

Size:  Fits an A3 frame or larger

Price:  $255 unframed