Walls That Talk Artists
The Walls That Talk installation explored some of the flora endemic to the Maitland area prior to European settlement. The flora was expressed through the commission of original illustrations from three botanical artists, Renae Titchmarsh, Lauren Sahu-Khan and Tanya Hoolihan.
Read more about the artists below
Born and raised in the foothills of a bushland reserve in Newcastle, Renae has strong ties to the Hunter Valley Region.
With a background in graphic design, Renae's approach to illustration is often very strong, focusing particularly on line, contrast and composition. Her work as an illustrator often engages with local, familiar subjects, talking to her sense of identity, home and connection with the natural world.
Lauren is a natural history illustrator and artist based in Edgeworth. Her work primarily features botanical subjects and favours a highly realistic and detailed style of illustration.
Lauren has a degree in Natural History Illustration with Class One Honours and Faculty Medal from the University of Newcastle and is also a member of the Florilegium Society of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.
Having lived most of her life on the Central Coast of New South Wales, it is natural that Tanya often finds here the inspiration for her work as natural history illustrator.
Tanya has a degree in Natural History Illustration with Honours from the University of Newcastle where she graduated with both the Faculty and University Medal.
Tanya's illustrations have been included in several significant publications including 'Celebrating 200 Years of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney' and 'Flora of Australia- A Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition'.
Her work is held in several private collections including the University of Newcastle and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney.