Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"Butterflies are synonymous with joy and change. I recognise the integral role of butterflies within our ecosystem and likewise how each person’s individual journey is unique and important. The blooming butterflies show their courage to transform.
There is palpable magic in witnessing a newly metamorphosed butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. Here I depict all my 'butterflies' in harmonious balance and neat arrangement. The unopened chrysalises are representative of my ongoing, unfinished healing and change."
Emily Banwell is a skilled artist best known for representing creatures in detailed drawings and paintings with a touch of whimsy. She is a graduate of the Queensland College of Art (2009), achieving a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours and University medal for academic achievement. Emily is also an enthusiastic teacher who finds joy in nurturing the creativity and wellbeing of young learners.
Her art practice is critical for managing her own mental health journey and she is deeply connected with each artwork she creates.
Emily is fascinated by wildlife and specifically local native Australian animals. Her ambition is to use art to evoke understanding, reflection and connection with both animals, others and self.