I grew up in what was once a sleepy town on the outskirts of Perth. Our house was surrounded by bushland with a peppering of houses until the development of the land started. Our primary school had a special "Australia Garden" with a man-made creek, rockpools and native flora and fauna. It was an ideal surrounding for kids who played in the bushland, built secret cubby houses and hideouts. I think this is where my love of nature truly began. The photo you see here is the bushland that still exists near my parents' house. The land has been preserved to continue the growth of wattle, wildflowers, banksia, and eucalypt trees.
I now live in a beautiful part of Victoria with our house backing on to public open space which has beautiful bushland, wetlands and bird life. I don't know how I would leave this place, it is so beautiful and inspiring.
I am inspired by nature in my artwork, whether it be landscape, abstract or florals. Nature is perfectly imperfect. No two flowers are the same, an aging rose is as beautiful as a newly formed bud. A walking track can take you to the most beautiful parts of a bush or the most treacherous. A flower can bring back a memory and a smile to your face. You can change someone's day by sharing some nature with them, even if it is a small, handpicked posy from your garden.
You can even have nature in your home every single day of the year with a piece of artwork inspired by nature.
Lee Cummins is a mixed media artist, workshop and art class facilitator.