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Hide and Seek Habitats

Tahlia Hendersen

Within these landscapes are small flowers, birds, leaves, scribbled bark, and shiny bugs that might go unnoticed at first glance. These paintings are inspired by the many hours spent walking tracks and sitting on the floor of the bush on and around Gadigal land. Even when repeating the same track, new discoveries can always be made - if you look closely.

About the Artist

Tahlia Henderson is an emerging artist based in Wangal Country (Inner West Sydney). Hailing from Queensland's sunny Southeast coast, her childhood was enriched by nearby bush reserves and nature-filled camping trips. In 2012, she transitioned to Gadigal land to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Sydney, earning her degree in 2014. In 2022 she was finalist in the Paddington Art Prize.
Post-graduation, Tahlia's work centres on landscapes, inspired by photographs from her bushwalking journeys. Her watercolour paintings reveal the majesty of towering trees with the nuanced beauty of the undergrowth, birds, and insects, celebrating each as a vital part of thriving ecosystems. Henderson actively seeks knowledge and histories from Traditional Custodians and visits, valuing their deep connection to the land as a guide for the future.

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