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Winner: Trustees' Watercolour Prize 2020

Julianne Ross Allcorn Mollitium 2

triptych: watercolour, pencil, charcoal on 21 birch wood panels

185.5 x 329 cm

Mollitium means ‘resilience’ in Latin. Resilience is the Australian bush; she embraces and forgives.

My work travels from right to left – from the threat of fire, to escape and regrowth. I’ve drawn wattle, banksia, grevillea, waratah, gumnuts, gum blossoms, seeds and leaves from different native plants, the Gymea lily and the wildlife of the bush.

Last summer’s fires were stopped 20 minutes from our family getaway at Burralong Valley, near Laguna in the lower Hunter Valley, NSW. I spend much of my time there, drawing from all that surrounds me. When I walk through the valley, the scents, sounds, textures and colours envelop me and I lose myself. When you’re in nature, I encourage you to stop, stand still, close your eyes and listen, then open your eyes and try to find what you saw, smelt and heard.

Julianne Ross Allcorn, 2020