World Wetlands Day Celebration – Sunday 5 February 2017

Hello WABA members,

You are invited to attend the WABA will be participating in the World Wetlands Day Celebration at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick, between 10 am and 3 pm.  

A number of activities have already been organised by the committee.  Artist members are invited to sell their small artwork, preferably those that are relating to the wetland flora and fauna.  

WABA will not impose a commission fee but the artists are requested to donate a small portion of their sale to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office.  Unfortunately, the committee won’t be able to organise the sale and to mind the artwork during the event.  (Perhaps one person can volunteer to co-ordinate this activity.)  

Anyone wishes to participate in this sale activity, please let Nilavan Adams know at or 62543989 by the end of January.  A suitable area and table will be allocated.

Reminder – AGM and final Quarterly meeting for 2016 - Saturday 19 November

Dear Members,


Reminder – AGM and final Quarterly meeting for 2016

This coming Saturday 19 November, Banks Building,  Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Please join us from midday to 3pm to catch up with fellow members. Refreshments will be provided. 

Following the meetings, Peter Marsack will hold a seminar/workshop focusing on drawing in the field. Bring your sketchbooks and learn from a master!

Please remember to share the invitation to our Members’ Exhibition with family and friends, which opens on Saturday 26 November at 2pm and will be opened by our Patron, Chrissie Goldrick from Australian Geographic. There will plenty of wonderful artworks, food, wine and prizes. 

There are also plenty of tickets still available for the Members and Friends Dinner on 7 December, which can be purchased through the WABA website,

Guest speaker will be Pete Marshall, internationally respected wildlife artist and conservationist.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday,

WABA Members' Dinner and Christmas party 2016 - 7 December - Hellenic Club, Woden, ACT

Dear WABA members,

You are invited to the WABA Members' Dinner and Christmas party 2016, please see details below:

Date:  Wednesday 7 December 2016

Time:  7pm - 11pm

Venue:  Aegean Room, Hellenic Club, Matilda St, Woden ACT

Meal: 3-course dinner; limited bar; Tea and Coffee

(If you have specific dietary requirement please contact WABA at )

Guest Speaker:  Pete Marshall, nationally and internationally respected wildlife artist, focusing on wildlife conservation.

Entertainment: Musician Dan Fernandes

Tickets:  $65 (members) $70 (non-members)

Full payment to WABA to be made by Monday 28 November 2016

Payment methods: EFT, Credit Card or Cheque,

  • Credit Card: click here
  • EFT: Please make your payment to Wildlife & Botanical Artists Inc.
    • Account  BSB 805-022
    • Account number 03417639
    • (Please ensure you include your your initial and surname in reference followed by WMD2016.)
  • Cheque: payable to Wildlife and Botanical Artists

Click here for event flier

Thank you

Botanical illustration with Halina Steele - Saturday 29 April 2017

Dear WABA members,

Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc (WABA) is organising this one-day workshop by a well-known Canberra botanical artist, Halina Steele. In this workshop, Halina will discuss how to bring your work to life with various painting techniques using watercolour and gouache. The class will explore creating tone, highlights, shadows and texture to give your painting a three-dimensional quality. 

Halina is an award-winning artist with extensive experience in botanical art. She was awarded a Gold Medal and Best Botanical Art Exhibit by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK in 2015.

When:  Saturday 29 April 2017

Where:  Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office, 2 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick

Cost:  $120 for non-members and $110 for members

For details and bookings, please contact Nilavan Adams of Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc on 62543989 or at

Click here to download flier 

Plant & Animal anatomy for artists with Chris Rockley NHIL(Hon)

Hello WABA Members,

Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc (WABA) is organising this two-day workshop by Scientific illustrator and tutor, Chris Rockley. The workshops will cover plant anatomy on Saturday and animal anatomy on Sunday.

Plants – Working out what to draw – making sense of a scientific description; drawing from live, preserved and visual reference; how and when to use scale; creating the habit of the plant – adding in and taking away, drawing the elements using a microscope; reproductive parts dissection and drawing; bringing form back into a reconstructed drawing and creating detail in pencil; composition; creating artwork for publication.

Animals – Drawing from live, preserved and good quality visual reference; building up the layers starting with proportions; simplifying the skeleton; creating a new pose using pivot points and observation; adding muscle mass, tendons and skin; adding form and weight, adding the body surface ie fur, feathers, skin details and bringing your animal to life.

These are invaluable skills for artists wanting to go the next level in their natural history illustration journey and lack the scientific background.

When : Saturday 18t h & Sunday 19t h March, 2017, 9.30am – 4.30pm Where : Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office, 2 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick

Cost : 1 day - $120 for non-members and $110 for members both days. Both days - $240 for non-members and $220 for members

For details and bookings, please contact Nilavan Adams of Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc on 62543989 or at

Click here for flier



Painting birds for identification with Peter Marsack

Hello WABA members,

Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc (WABA) is organising this one-day workshop as an introduction to illustrating birds for identification. The workshop will look at understanding the structure of birds as a way of building up drawings and paintings; the use of references from field sketching to specimens and photos; and the process of rendering in pencil, watercolour and gouache.

Peter is an award-winning wildlife artist with extensive experience in illustrating birds 

This workshop should help you to ‘see with a purpose’ and enhance your enjoyment of any observations of the natural world

When:  Saturday 25 February 2017, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where:  Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office, 2 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick

Cost:  $120 for non-members and $110 for members

For details and bookings, please contact Nilavan Adams of Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc on 62543989 or at

Click here for flier,

Thankyou, WABA committee.


WABA Field trips - CSIRO Visit and Kioloa Bookings

Hello WABA Members,

There are still some places left for the CSIRO Wildlife Collections Field Trip

10am - Friday 14th October 2016

RSVP: Chris Rockley WABA Field Excursion Officer

 Also The Kioloa Coastal Campus Field Trip is now open for bookings

4th-6th November 2016

Limited places! Message for a booking form and payment details to secure your place.

$260 per person with a $100 deposit,


Open for Entry - The WABA 2016 Annual Members’ Exhibition

Dear WABA members, the WABA 2016 Members Exhibition is now OPEN FOR ENTRY.

Exhibition Dates: 24 November - 4 December.

Location:  The Woolshed Gallery, Strathnairn Arts Association, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, ACT.

Entries close: Friday 21 October 2016.

Click here to enter online.

Click here to pay online.

Link to entry on WABA Web Site here

Website Gallery: 24 November until 31 December 2016.


We look forward to receiving your entries!

Call for Expressions of Interest Art Demonstration

As part of the Spring Events program, the Parliament House Shop is seeking WABA artists:

For:    Art Demonstration

Place:    Queen’s Terrace, Parliament House 

    or Parliament House Shop

Time:    Saturday 10 October, 10.30am or 1.30pm

Contact:    Halina Steele at  to register your interest. 


This is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills and promote your artworks in a popular tourist attraction, providing great exposure for your art and for WABA!

Field Trip to Australian National Wildlife Collection - Friday, 14th October 2016

Dear WABA members,

You are invited to a field trip to Australian National Wildlife Collection at the National Facilities and Collections, CSIRO, A.C.T.

The visit will take place at 10:30 am on Friday 14 October.

This is a Members only opportunity to see inside one of the largest wildlife collections in Australia. CSIRO Collections hold almost 200 000 wildlife specimens. This includes a range of skins, skeletons, specimens in spirit, bird egg collections, a wildlife sound library and frozen tissue.

The terrestial collection contains Reptlies, Amphibians, Birds, Mammals and Marsupials. An excellent opportunity to take as many reference photos, sketches, colour swatches as possible for your next exhibition or painting.

Director Leo Joseph will introduce us to the collections and the different facets and types of specimens available to us. We’ll have time after this to sit quietly and draw.

Location: CSIRO National Facilities and Collections, Bellenden Street, CRACE. ACT

Meet at the carpark at 10am. Directions will be emailed to participants as a little tricky to find.

When: 10am - Carpark (10.30am - Entry) - Friday 14th October 2016

Bring: Sketch books and drawing equipment of your choice and camera.

Fee: FREE to Members

RSVP: by 30th September to Chris Rockley - WABA Field Excursion Officer

Phone: 0405 102063

To download flier click here


'Art of Nature' WABA Annual Members' Exhibition 2016 - Open for entries

Hello WABA members,

The 'Art of Nature' 2016 WABA Annual members exhibition is open for entry.

Exhibition Opens 24 November - closes 4 December, and will be held at Strathnairn Arts Association, Holt , A.C.T

Entries close Friday 21 October 2016.

For full details of exhibition, and to enter online please click here  

To pay for you entries online please click here  

To view links on WABA website please click here

If you have any questions or requests please contact WABA by email at, or phone on 0422 405 658.

We look forward to receiving your entries!



Field Trip to Murrumbateman Daffodil Farm 10.30am – 12.30pm, Saturday 10 September 2016

Members are invited to join a WABA field trip to a local daffodil farm near Yass. 

This is an opportunity to see a large range of daffodil varieties (including jonquils) grown by local enthusiast Lawrence Trevanion. 

Lawrence has been growing daffodils in Yass since 1997 and supplies cut flowers and bulbs at markets and via his webpage. 

Artists may bring cameras, sketch books, field work art materials. Please also wear sturdy shoes as the grounds may be muddy. You may also wish to bring a light lunch or snacks and drinks for the trip.

There will be an opportunity to buy some daffodils on the day.

Event: Field Trip to Murrumbateman Daffodil Farm

Date/Time: Saturday 10 September 2016, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Address: 116 Dogtrap Road


The turnoff to Dogtrap Road is opposite the entrance to Cooma Cottage. It is 5-10 minutes from Yass, about 40 minutes from Canberra. If you use navigation, use Marchmont rather than Yass.

Please note there are NO facilities on the property. It is just a paddock with trees daffodils and kangaroos, and some very large rarely seen brown snakes. It has an unfenced dam so if children come someone will need to keep an eye on them.

RSVP: Please contact Julia Landford by Thursday 8 September if you would like to come along:

click here to download pdf flier


Mobile: 0414 342 839

WABA QUARTERLY MEETING Saturday 20 August - ANBG - 1:00 - 3:00pm

Hello WABA Members,

You are invited to attend the WABA QUARTERLY MEETING

Date:  Saturday 20 August

Location:   Banks Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Time:   1.00-3.00 pm.

Program of events:    

Meeting: an overview of current and future WABA activities 


Guest Presenter: Leanne Pope, local Wiradjuri artist and Cultural Arts teacher at the Yurauna Centre, Canberra Institute of Technology. Leanne will demonstrate and teach how to use your creative thinking in a sustainable manner to transform household products into a eucalyptus gum leaf and blossoms. She will also demonstrate how the colours of birds, in particular the eastern rosella, can assist your understanding of the colour wheel. 

Please BYO water colour pencils and a selection of brushes (brushes are optional).

Leanne has recently published her first book, High Chair on the Hill. The works created for this publication and associated exhibition will be the basis for this presentation.

 © Leanne Pope

© Leanne Pope

 © Leanne Pope

© Leanne Pope

Come and meet with fellow artists, and be inspired. Look forward to seeing you there!

For further information, please contact:

Prue Sailer

President, WABA



WABA Workshop - Colour Mixing and Matching, Dr Prue Sailer Sunday 21 August 20016

Dear WABA members,

You are invited to attend a Colour Mixing and Matching Workshop presented by Prue Sailer.

In this one-day workshop, the tutor, Dr Prue Sailer, will guide the students to explore the fundamental principles of seeing colour.  Students will then apply these principles to direct mixing and layering techniques, and to enable students to confidently match and mix colours more accurately.

Natural subject matter will be used in order to produce several studies in either watercolour or acrylic.

1.    Introduction: the science of colour 

2.    The 6 ‘primaries’: colour biases

3.    Seeing and identifying colours in your subject

4.    Mixing to create the colours you want

5.    Bringing it together: finished studies

Date and Time:  Sunday, 21 August 2016,  9.30am – 4.30pm

Location:  Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick

Workshop Fee:  Member: $110, Non-member $120

Maximum number: 12

Bookings and enquiries:  Nilavan Adams, or (02) 62543989

Please contact Nilavan to confirm that a place is still available before making payment.

Direction to the venue will be sent after fee payment has been received.  Please bring your own lunch.  Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Materials list:

Paint of your choice (acrylic, watercolour)

Watercolour paper/canvas paper suitable for acrylics

Drawing pencils, brushes, rags, water jars

Your choice of natural objects to use for studies:  plant, flower, shell, bark, etc.



Art of Nature:  WABA Members’ Exhibition 2016 - Opening Date 24 November 2016

Dear WABA Members,

The WABA Art of Nature:  WABA Members’ Exhibition 2016 is on again!

Exhibition dates: 24 November – 4 December 2016

Location: The Woolshed Gallery, Strathnairn Arts Association, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, ACT              

Opening: Saturday 26 November, 2pm

Entries Close:  Friday 21 October

Online entry form will be available on our website very soon!

We need your help to ensure we present an exciting and successful exhibition. All contributions of assistance will be greatly appreciated, so please consider volunteering to help with:


Setup and packdown

Gallery sitting and sales

Roster coordination

Catering coordination

Advertising and promotion

If you are willing to help with any of these aspects of the exhibition, please fill in your details below and return by 5 August 2016 to the committee at

Name Contact Number
Setup and packdown
Gallery sitting and sales
Roster coordination
Catering coordination
Advertising and Promotion


Australian Garden History Society - Annual Lecture: Marrianne Collinson Campbell - A privileged Life, 1827 – 1903

Hello WABA members,

Your are invited to attend the Australian Garden History Society, ACT, Monaro and Riverina Branch Annual Lecture.

Speaker: Leonie Norton will give a lecture on 'Marrianne Collinson Campbell - A privileged Life, 1827 – 1903'.

Leonie Norton gives a fascinating insight into the life of Marrianne Collinson Campbell, an extraordinary woman of her time. She was a talented botanical artist with a passion for flora and fauna and an amateur architect for Duntroon with a natural gift for landscape gardening.  While living in Duntroon she was widely known and respected for her medical dispensary. Marrianne took watercolour painting lessons from her father who kept watercolour sketchbooks from his travels in the army. Her great aunt was a well respected artist in Sydney town who mentored Marrianne’s talents and Conrad Martens also gave her lessons. Robert Campbell was her great uncle and was Sydney’s first shipping agent and a landholder and pastoralist. Marrianne married his son George who inherited the Duntroon Estate where they moved in 1857. She set about transforming the original homestead into a Gothic Revival house. The landscaped gardens boasted a maze and a conservatory.  Flowers and trees in Duntroon gardens were grown from seeds sent by her English great, great grandfather, botanist and plant importer Peter Collinson and from seeds and plants she also collected from her travels. These complimented the existing Australian native plants. 

Leonie Norton is a practicing and exhibiting professional botanical artist, one of Australia’s most highly qualified botanical educators and a leading artist in her field. She is an international tutor of high regard and demand and is the author of Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s – 1960s, the only published book on women’s Australian Botanical Art.  Her paintings are in private and public collections, both in Australia and overseas, including the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in the USA. She teaches regular courses and weekend workshops throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Fiji, Canada and the UK and has taught botanical art field techniques at Macquarie University. In addition, she is an International External Examiner for Botanical Art Certificate courses in the USA and has been involved in selection and judging for Australian botanical art exhibitions.  

Leonie exhibits annually at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, the Botanical Art Society of Australia exhibition and the Canberra Botanic exhibition. She is past President of the Botanical Art Society of Australia and remains an active member. She is a regular contributor to Australia Artist Magazine, Artists’ Palette and Back to Basics and Drawing & Inspiration publications. 

Details of Lecture:

When:      Thursday 25 August, 5.30 for refreshments, lecture starts at 5.45pm.  (Please note that the lecture will follow the Branch AGM starting at 5PM).
Where:     Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
Cost:         AGHS Members $10, Non-members $15 - including refreshments Bookings 

If you are interested please contact Helen Ellioth at or phone 62844749 and pay on the day.

AGHS acknowledges the support of the National Archives of Australia in providing the venue for this lecture.