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Brush with Gondwana

Written by Janda Gooding and illustrated by Pat Dundas, Rica Erickson, Ellen Hickman, Penny Leech, Philippa Nikulinsky, Margaret Pieroni, and Katrina Syme


Seven leading botanical artists are brought together for the first time in this beautifully illustrated book. Author Janda Gooding shares the stories behind each artist’s illustrations and reveals a rich and diverse record of Western Australia’s unique flora, fauna and fungi.

Praise for the Book
‘The illustrations are the highlight of the book, with a keen sense of composition, accuracy and shade. While some of the flowers may be familiar, it is not often we see them in such detail and vivid colour … a visually stunning book.’ – R.M. Williams OUTBACK Magazine

‘… more than 100 exquisite illustrations from seven of Australia’s leading botanical artists.’ — Australian Geographic

‘… a very valuable document and testimony to the continued vitality of botanical art in Australia.’ — Australian Gardening History

‘… the artwork in this collection is the undeniable drawcard. This is a simply stunning book that surpasses mere botanical appeal.’ — Gardening Australia

‘… lavishly illustrated with a variety of native floral species, as well as funghi and native orchids, and provides an important record of this influential group [of artists].’ — The Artists Chronicle

ISBN 9781922089298 (Paperback)
Formats Large Format Illustrated (290 x 230mm) (Paperback)
Categories Gift Ideas
Gardening & Nature
Art & Photography
Pages 144
Publication Year 2013
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Pat dundas

    Pat Dundas

    Pat Dundas is a well-known botanical illustrator who specialises in Orchids. Read more

  • Rica erickson

    Rica Erickson

    Rica Erickson’s early illustrated books, Orchids of the West (1951), Triggerplants (1958), and Plants of Prey in Australia (1968) have inspired botanical artists for decades. These guidebooks combined wonderful illustrations, simplicity of expression and good scientific information which encouraged readers to be inquisitive and to look closely at plants in the Western Australian bush. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Rica contributed articles to magazines such as Wildlife, Outdoors and the Australian Orchid Review. She died in September 2009, a year after launching Brush with Gondwana at the age of 100. Read more

  • Janda gooding

    Janda Gooding

    Janda Gooding worked as a Curator at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1979 to 2005 where she curated many thematic and survey exhibitions as well as retrospectives of Australian artists A.B. Webb and Kathleen O’Connor. In 2005 she moved to Canberra to take up a position as Senior Curator of Art at the Australian War Memorial where she began exploring the connections between art, landscape and history for a publication on Gallipoli. Her preoccupations are characterised by being at odds with her environment while trying to establish a garden in a drought stricken region and painting botanical studies of seaweeds in a land locked capital. Read more

  • Ellen hickman

    Ellen Hickman

    Ellen Hickman was born in England in 1968 and migrated to Western Australia in 1971. After completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Botany in 1991, she was employed by The University of Western Australia to illustrate a monograph of the family Restionaceae. In 1993 she travelled overseas, working as an illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. After completing a Diploma of Visual Arts in Illustration in Melbourne she was selected to exhibit at the Biennial Art of Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Ellen has been a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and works as a consultant botanist and artist. Read more

  • Penny leech

    Penny Leech

    Penny Leech was born in England in 1947 and lives and works in Denmark, Western Australia. She is known for her ‘Found Objects’ paintings, a series which depicts often quirky and humorous narratives around a collection of items from bush and seashore. Penny was the founding member in 1992 of the Botanical Artists Group in WA. Read more

  • Philippa nikulinsky

    Philippa Nikulinsky

    Philippa Nikulinsky is the most celebrated of the wildlife artists living in Western Australia. Her particular specialty is recording the phenomenal natural history in this enormous state, a history that provides a famous national heritage that has fascinated experts and artists alike from the time of exploration onwards. Her reputation rests not merely in matters of accuracy, but in the degree of finesse and accomplishment in the design and arrangement of her subjects. Read more

  • Margaret pieroni

    Margaret Pieroni

    Margaret Pieroni is a Western Australian artist and botanist. Read more

  • Katrina syme

    Katrina Syme

    Katrina Syme was born in the UK in 1947 and arrived in WA in 1953. On a holiday in Tasmania in 1982 she discovered fungi, filling her diary with paintings of their incredibly beautiful fruiting bodies. This fascination increases for Katrina with each passing year and she is torn between painting them and documenting new species. Read more