My artwork is inspired by childhood memories of growing up in Sabah, Borneo and in later years working on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, as a Reef Naturalist. Teaching snorkelling and introducing people from all over the world to the reef ecosystem was my passion and that passion is now expressed in my artwork. I have no formal training in artwork but years of dabbling!
I spent two years in Darwin 2017 – 2019 and found on the local beaches a vast array of different corals, shells, seaweeds and sponges. This is due to the northwesterly monsoonal winds and the location of reefs not far off the coast line. A collectors paradise! No permit was required to collect off the beaches.
Combining watercolour paint withthe natural fabrics of coral, shells, sponges and seaweeds that I collected from beaches in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, I have developed my ‘reefscape’ pictures in various different sizes.
Name Louise Mabbutt
Mob: 0421 980 932