Max Miller

Winner: Trustees' Watercolour Prize 2015

'The world of dew is only the world of dew and yet...oh...and yet...' Kobayashi Issa (1763–1828)

brush watercolour painting and black Chinese ink
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I was searching around Fogg Dam, near Darwin, and recorded unusual plants to put into a study. This same natural beauty surprises us here in the Southern Highlands. Many of the subjects are from Kangaloon and surrounds: winter lichen, seeds, native plants, Aboriginal stones, local birdlife, moths and butterflies. The painting took six months to complete but I enjoy the spirit and detail of these old rainforest areas as a place to work in, with all the abstract forms they possess.

- Max Miller, 2015