'Leaves on the Ground' by Gloria Petyarre is a very special painting to me. I met Gloria on one of my early trips to the Utopia community and as I watched her paint this incredible work I instantly fell in love with it. This work has been on my walls wherever I've called home, it's rather large, 240 x 75 cm, but room is always made!
Today, Gloria is renowned for her ‘bush medicine leaf’ paintings and is widely considered to be one of the most significant Aboriginal artists living and working. She first came to attention winning the ‘Wynne Prize for Landscape’ at the NSW gallery in 1999, the first Indigenous Australian to win a major art prize at the gallery. Her work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia and she is considered one of the most collectable indigenous artists.
Gloria was born in 1938, moving i