Torn between painting, field work and the taxonomy of macrofungi, my hope is to draw the viewer's attention to the forgotten…the fungi & lichens, mosses, liverworts and hornworts found in places close to my heart, such as the Walpole Wilderness.
KATRINA SYME


Sept 21 - Oct 20
1. Cortinarius erthrocephalus
watercolour on rag paper
510mm x 400mm
$1,500
2. Russula sp. cleandii group
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
SOLD
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My love of natural history stems from early childhood: I have always drawn and painted plants, becoming lost in the detail. On a holiday to Tasmania 37 years ago I discovered fungi, filling my diary with paintings of their intricate, colourful fruiting bodies. My fascination with their world has not diminished - and I doubt ever will.

When illustrating fungi I complete a detailed pencil drawing of the fruiting bodies, adding as much information as needed for finishing the work (most fungi deteriorate rapidly, and before they do the collection must be documented, dehydrated, packaged and labelled for lodging in herbaria). When the season is over I to return to the sites and use my field notes to collect samples of the ambient vegetation so the painting can be finished. I paint with watercolours, which provide lightness and translucency. I rarely use white paint, and never use black; mixing pure pigments provides all the colours I need.

3. Aleuria rhenana
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$500
4. Entoloma sp.
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$250
5. Entoloma kermandii
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$290
6. Cortinarius rotundisporus
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$550
7. Humidicutis viridmagenteus
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$250
8. Inocybe violaceocaulis
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
SOLD
9. Geoglossum glutinosum
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$575
10. Cortinarius metallicus
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$450
11. Cortinarius sp. (white)
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$450
12. Humidicutis lewellinae
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$450
13. Laccaria lateritia
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
SOLD
14. Ramaria sp.
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$450
15. Tricholoma sp.
watercolour on rag paper
260mm x 310mm
$350
16. Geastrum sp.
watercolour on rag paper
310mm x 260mm
$575