Ulex Europaeus – Creeping Invasion, Midlands

This painting illustrates the steady march of the Ulex Europaeus (Gorse Bush) as it invades the once pristine, hauntingly beautiful Midlands Plains in swathes.
With the invasion of Europeans to Van Diemen’s Land there was a sense of urgency to recreate part of their homeland and belong. In this way they set about introducing foreign flora and fauna to the landscape. This contamination forced some native into extinction. Thus, altering the natural ecosystem forever.
The Gorse Bush is a testament to the folly of mankind and our eternal yearning to bend nature to our will.

Paul Becker


Acrylic on canvas