Trowutta treasures

As a visitor to Tasmania, I am repeatedly awestruck by the grandeur and vastness of the landscapes. There is something that thrills my senses at every view, I’m not sure what it is but this gorgeous island sure packs a punch. As an artist, the landscapes are diverse and breathtaking. I’ve been inspired by the “big picture” landscapes of Australian artists, the paintings of mountain ranges, monumental trees, valleys of lush pastures and meandering rivers but these last few years have reminded me to look at things differently. I’ve realised how important and vital the “small things” are to the whole story of life. Trowutta Caves Conservation Reserve on Palawa land is home to the Trowutta Arch, a geological formation left behind by sinkholes located in northwest Tasmania. A temperate rainforest with rugged formations, soft ferns, large trees, tiny fungi and mosses. The “big” and the “small” sit together in perfect harmony here as the jewel like fungi decompose organic waste and are essential for recycling of carbon and minerals in the ecosystem, the seeders of the plant world. My artworks title pays homage to the big and small in all our lives.

Peta-Jayne Smith


Watercolour and Gouache on Arches paper