The Melaluka is traditional bush medicine - commonly called the Ti-tree. It has probably not been the main subject of a painting before in Australia landscape traditions. This is an Oil painting 750mmx1050mm.
“Melaleuka: The healer”
Figure in Landscape No 21 2006
The Melaleuka or commonly named ti-tree is known as a traditional pharmacy. Invaluable as a natural medicine in traditional Aboriginal culture it's oil is used today for many healing purposes. I can’t recall anyone ever making the Melaleuka the subject of a painting. It is considered too ugly and insignificant yet such a worthy tree.
Tee trees are very common in the Australian bush. Normally small scrawny and covered in hard needle like small leaves they are very hardy. Having once spent six hours hiking merely one kilometer through a gully of Tee tree I know the pain a close encounter.
The painting falls in the 2005 series of figures which explore trees that persevere in difficult growing situations. In persevering they develop character and this brings survival and life, Hope.
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Photo taken in Grose Vale NSW 2753, Australia
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