—Meet the Artist 12 March, Saturday 2-4pm—
Sydney-based artist Leonie Robison is a passionate environmentalist who utilises her art to capture the beauty of fauna and inspire animal conservation. In her latest body of work, Soar of Eagles [see the work here], Robison focuses on the unbroken ferocity of eagles as a vehicle to highlight issues of species loss and environmental degradation. The majestic beauty of the eagles is becoming conspicuously absent from our landscape, a tragedy that Robison mirrors in some of her abstract works. While her other expressive mixed media works reject this notion and depict the eagles striking out with wild energy and a vivid determination to live on – both within and outside the frame.
“Short-sighted and ill-informed decisions have led to a massive reduction in top order predators such as eagles… Losing them, allowing for the proliferation of prey animals, leads to an explosion of non-native species, which in turn causes land degradation and resultant devastation of the landscape. This is an out-of-control spiralling catastrophe. It has to stop. My latest mixed media works immortalise these beautiful, awe-inspiring birds” – Leonie Robison