Louise Saunders OAM
It all began in a family of creative people, a love of nature and a desire to preserve on paper, those fleeting glimpses of our beautiful wildflowers. On a leading Botanist’s advice she took up the challenge to paint the orchids of North-East Victoria and, over a period of four years, depicted 88 out of a possible 120 species. These individual paintings of beautiful, amazing, and sometimes bizarre native ground orchids, were the beginning of a love affair with watercolours and with our unique Australian flora and fauna.
After moving to South-East Queensland in 1993, her botanical art developed a sub-tropical flavour. Her skills and dedication were recognised at an exhibition of past and current work at the Logan Art Gallery by the commissioning of art for the eco-tourist resort, Couran Cove Island Resort on the Gold Coast. The commissioned work, which took two years to complete, were some of the best artwork of her career. From 2000 to July 2004, she was fortunate enough to hold the idyllic position of Artist in Residence at the resort.
She had the good fortune to have been invited on two EarthWatch expeditions as illustrator; she has travelled to Thailand to learn Batik painting, and Borneo to work on illustrations for a bat identification key guide. In 2015 she was a successful candidate, along with seven other artists, in the inaugural ‘Artist in Residence’ program at the Ecoscience Precinct at Dutton Park, in Brisbane. She founded a busy wildlife organisation and was president from 2007 to 2014. She was also a rescuer and carer of wildlife since 1994.
She enjoys watercolour, coloured pencil, acrylic, pastel, and print-making. Detailed watercolour botanicals are her main focus, but she also dabbers in pet portraiture. She enjoys teaching drawing skills and watercolour technique to others who are inspired by botanical and natural history art.
She was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in June 2019 for her service to wildlife conservation and to the visual arts.
She continues to evolve her art with renewed energy and commitment. She enjoys the challenge of using a variety of mediums and tackling a diverse range of subject matter to strengthen her portfolio in a competitive contemporary art market place.
Her artwork and merchandise can be viewed online and at her home studio in Cleveland by appointment.