Anita West Highly Commended
Anita West's painting Garden of Gold has received a Highly Commended award at the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2016 judged by Barry Keldoulis CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia, Prof Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Professor in Techno Art at National Cheng Kung University Taiwan, Professor Klaus Rohde, Emeritus Professor at University of New England and Brian Oldman, Director of South Australian Museum.
"The Australian landscape is changing rapidly as industry and commerce introduce new ways of using the land to create material and economic wealth – but at what cost? Acalypha (introduced) and the ivory curl (native) grow quietly together in a garden bathed in gold. Getting the balance right is difficult. Adapting, blending, integrating, exploring diversity, creating harmony and cultural connections is a complex issue, but our relationship with this land and its natural environment is unique in the world, and this vulnerable and sublime island home is our liquid gold." - Anita West, 2016