Heidi Willis will deliver a presentation to WABA members on 24 August 2013 about her trek to Nepal. She describes the trek as follows:
'This coming March, in Nepal’s blossoming spring, I will be trekking into the remote wilderness of the Annapurna region for a month to explore and work amongst the spectacular Rhododendron Forests found there. This area boasts a rich diversity of wonderful flora and fauna including over 100 species of mammals, around 500 species of birds and over 1200 species of plants including my favourites; Rhododendrons, Orchids and Magnolias. At this time of year the forests burst into life in a breathtaking profusion of colour. Rich reds, pinks and purples flush the landscape as far as the eye can see, often softened amongst blankets of mountain mist. The spectacular Annapurna Ranges dominate the landscape surrounding the forest and it is here that I will be working, photographing and drawing in the field to gather reference and to build my next body of work.'
Heidi Willis- short bio
Australian born (1972) Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught watercolour artist specializing in Natural History illustrations. Heidi’s meticulous and intricate studies of botany and birds can be found in significant public and private collections around the world. Her work has featured in prominent international exhibitions such as The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, one of Australia's most prestigious art competitions held by the South Australian Natural History Museum; Focus On Nature exhibition, a Natural History Art Prize held in the New York State Museum; Botanica and The Margaret Flockton Award, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Her work is held in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation PA, USA and is a part of the highly regarded Shirley Sherwood Collection.