Copyright for all images belongs to the artist, Julie Holcombe (formerly Nettleton)

For sales enquiries about original paintings please contact Day Gallery, Blackheath

Xanthorrhoea sp, Grass Trees ‘After the Fires’, a series of miniature paintings of plants growing in Blackheath.

After the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020 swept through the Blue Mountains I saw that the grass trees in bushland around my home were starting to reshoot in the burnt areas before almost anything else.  So I embarked on a series of miniatures focusing on resilience, regeneration and the beautiful sculptural quality of these amazing plants.

Xanthorrhoea sp, a series of miniatures, watercolour on vellum, plants from Blackheath, NSW.

Xanthorrhoea resinosa + Apis melifera ,  Grass Tree flowering stalk + Honey Bee

Xanthorrhoea australis + Gleichenia dicarpa ,  Grass Tree + Pouched Coral Fern

Xanthorrhoea resinosa + Antechinus,  Grass Tree and Native Mouse

Xanthorrhoea resinosa, Grass Tree 100 yrs old

Xanthorrhoea resinosa, Grass Tree with Branched Trunk

Xanthorrhoea resinosa + Banksia serrata,  burnt out Grass Tree trunk + Old Man Banksia new growth after fire

Xanthorrhoea resinosa, Grass Tree with developing spike

Xanthorrhoea sp, Grass Tree

Xanthorrhoea sp,  Grass Tree and Lorikeet

Actinotus helianthi + Actinotus minor,  Flannel Flowers , Minor Flannel Flowers + pollinators

Banksia marginata, Silver Banksia + moth

Banksia aemula, Wallum Banksia

Eucalyptus camfieldii, Heart-leaved Stringybark

Banksia serrata,  Old Man Banksia

Lambertia formosa, Mountain Devil

Banksia ericifolia, Heath-leaved Banksia

Begonia venosa, Begonia venosa

Caladenia orchids, Spider Orchids in leaf litter

Caleana major, Flying Duck Orchid

Caustis flexuosa, Curly Wig

Chaenomeles japonica, Erigeron + Petunia, Flowering Quince, Seaside Daisy + a Petunia

Echeveria imbricata, Blue Rose Echeveria

Erythrorchis cassythoides, Climbing Orchid

Four Red Grevilleas

Grevillea buxifolia, Grey Spider Flower

Helianthus annuus + Xerochrysum bracteatum, Sunflowers and Golden Everlasting Paper Daisy

Hibbertia scandens, Golden Guinea Vine

Pritchardia maideniana – Maidens Palm+Ibis

Styphelia triflora, Pink Five Corners

Taraxacum, Dandelion

Telopea speciosissima, NSW Waratah

Telopea speciosissima + Coccinella, Waratah opening bud + Lady bird

Telopea speciosissima, Waratah ‘Shady Lady’ + Harlequin Beetle

Acacia terminalis sp terminalis, Sunshine Wattle

Actinotus helianthi and Actinotus minor, Flannel Flower and Minor Flannel Flower