Thomas Jackson - Fire & Thrive
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Guula Ngurra’
Water color and Gouache on Archers, 19.6"x15"
Guula Ngurra means ‘Koala Country’ to the traditional owners of the land, the Gundangara people. This is also the name of a new NSW national park that has been created with the aim of protecting koala’s and koala habitats.
During the devastating bushfires earlier this year it was near impossible not to see heart breaking Images of koalas with burns and singed fur, so protected new habitats are a welcome site. Within this artwork I wish to also show a different threat.
The Australian bush is very resilient and has evolved to co-exist with fires, although the animals that feed of the bush (such as koalas) are now facing starvation as they struggle to find enough food while the bush regenerates.

Laughing Kookaburra on flowering Iornbark’
Water color and Gouache on Archers, 14.5" x 19.2"
After the recent devastating bushfires earlier this year, it felt as if there was an eerie quiet after the rains helped control the fires. A quiet broken by kookaburras sitting in some ironbark having a great cackle marking the dusk on unprecedented devastation.
It was too memorable not to recreate.

‘Narriearra Station’
Water color and Gouache on Archers, 10.2" x 14.1"
Featuring a Grey Grasswren on old man Salt Bush.
This artwork was inspired by the NSW national parks purchase of land titles for NSW, Narriearra Station. 153,415 h home to 25 threatened species including the Grey grasswren (featured). Narriearra station is estimated at 90% of the Grey grasswren’s remaining habitat. One of the shrub/bushes the grasswren likes to shelter is salt bush, an Australian bush food known for its salty taste and used by indigenous Australians for many years.

‘Feather Tailed Glider and Grevillea’
Water color and Gouache on Archers, 16.5 "x 10.6"
I've been wanting to create this work for over a year ever since I was fortunate enough to hand feed a feather tailed glider at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo last year.
Feather Tailed Gliders and other native glider species have become flagship threatened species for loss of habitats. Australia has been facing this threat for many years and sadly the trend dose not seem to be changing. Other contributing factors are forrest clearing and feral cats have decimated their populations and sadly, numbers are dwindling.

‘Sulphur Crested Cockatoo’
Water color and Gouache on Archers, 14.5" x 19.2"
One of the remarkable upsides to the Australian bush is its resilience and the inhabitants ability to adapt. Fires and other destructive natural occurrences destroy and create. The death of a tree becomes the birth of a home or habitat for others. One such animal that uses these hidey-holes is the Cockatoo. The cockatoo, (and many other native bird species) create their nests in tree knots or holes to raise their young and shelter them from predators and weather.

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