Wollemi Pine series

The extraordinary Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis) was only discovered in 1994 by David Noble, an officer with the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, in an isolated gorge in Wollemi National Park, west of Sydney NSW. Due to its rare conservation status, access to the Wollemi Pine stands has been restricted.

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney photographer, Jaime Plaza, has been one of the few people allowed into the stands as part of continuing monitoring and research programs. You can view a selection of Jaime's images at www.wildlight.net.

In December 2005, Phil gained permission to view Jaime's many photographs and images with the intention of choosing a small number to develop into paintings, which resulted in the paintings Wollemi Pine Refuge 1 and Wollemi Pine Refuge 2:

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