Heaven in a wild flower

Edna McKenzie loved to paint the flora around her home town of Lismore. This painting is an example of her accurate eye and her delicate technique. You can explore her paintings at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

Edna Jane McKenzie is a Lismore local. Very much so. She was born in that fine town in 1912. And what a life shes had! She was a member of the Womens Australian Airforce and became a fine artist specialising in the flora around her home town.

Her botanical watercolours from the 1940s and 50s depict many local native and garden flowers.

These days her failing eyesight has stopped her painting. She always gained inspiration from small and simple things. Like William Blake said, To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower.

The Edna McKenzie Collection of Lismore Flora opens this Friday, December 7, and runs until January 19.


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