Dragonfly Swamp represents the very essence and habitat of the Dragonfly.
Dragonflies are mainly found in swamps, rivers, lakes and other wetlands throughout Australia, this is due to fact that the the female lays her spawn in these aquatic areas, spending most of it's life in insect larva (nymph) form beneath the water, it only lasts up to 6 months as a fully grown adult and are among the fastest flying insects in the world.
I love capturing the inner essence of an animal, it's spirit from within. I am fascinated by the rhythm and movement of these creatures, I hope that you feel this experience as I try to capture this in my paintings. We are very blessed to be able to experience 1st hand and up close these amazing creatures at this point in time of our evolution, in knowing that they still exist and are not yet extinct like many of the animals within Australia. Every single animal contributes to the natural balance and rhythm of the silenced heart-beat of Mother Earth, we should look after them as they continue to provide substance, support and rejuvenation of our spirits every time we make a conscious decision to walk amongst nature.
Just outside of Campbelltown where my mother lives there is an Aboriginal Reserve now a National Park, I use to go sit by the biggest & closest tree right by the swamp and sit for hours watching the movement of the 1000's of Dragonflies that belonged to that area, they would hover just above the surface of the water.
Even though it was many years ago now, I re-live this experience every time I paint a new Dragonfly spirit painting.
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