Connecting with nature through exhibition at Japanese Garden

Fiona Lumsden has installed her solo art exhibition of 26 natural history works at Cowra's Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre.

On display and available for sale, are 26 limited edition framed prints of natural history subjects, many painted from subjects out at her bush block in the hills behind Koorawatha between Cowra and Young..

"My little collection of woodland birds, bugs and wildflowers has a second chance to blossom," Ms Lumsden said of the exhibition which runs throughout January.

The travelling exhibition has also visited other central west centres.

Ms Lumsden described the subject matter as very relevant to the woodlands of Cowra.

"The exhibition has a strong educational emphasis, with the pictures and their story-cards inspired by the ephemeral and delicate beauty of the smaller natural inhabitants of the western slopes Grassy Box-gum Woodland and rocky native cypress-pine hills.

"There are surprising treasures to discover for those with the patience to investigate this often dry and challenging but beautiful country," she said.

Ms Lumsden grew up in the Blue Mountains where she began learning about the birds, animals and plants of the wild places that surrounded her.

For over 40 years, this foundation of direct nature experience has been the bedrock for her detailed nature-artworks.

With her partner, she purchased a 100 acre Koorawatha bush property, 11 years ago.

Their "Voluntary Conservation Agreement " covenanted property protects a surprising diversity of threatened species. Investigating, first-hand on numerous field trips, the overlooked small creatures and delicate plants of the western slopes woodlands has uncovered a new treasure trove for her art compositions.

She also loves to share her pictures, and the informative little stories she writes for them, through her open 'Fiona Lumsden Wildlife Art' facebook page.

Ms Lumsden said she hopes to draw attention to the plight of our wild species and seeks, through her art, to re-stimulate a connection with the beauty and wonder of nature.