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

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

Bird in the Bush
Lambertia formosa, Mountain Devil
Grass Tree + Blue-tongue Lizard
Bush Telegraph: Scarlet Greenhood Orchid + Banksia (Pterostylis coccina + Banksia serrata)

I came across these beautiful orchids while walking in the Kanangra-Boyd National Park. They were little points of colour and new life emerging after the devastating fires swept through and destroyed so much in the summer of 2020.

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