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.
"Every day I go for a long walk and pick just one leaf that I either feel drawn to or I feel is the most beautiful one I’ve seen that day. Just one. Selecting a single leaf means that my search is more purposeful. I have to pay extra close attention to my surroundings, seeking beauty and letting my guard down."
Living with a serious mental illness, Kate McGowan has tried many different types of treatments over the years. Her painting represents a form of healing that she came to on her own, involving her love of art as well as the healing powers of nature and physical activity.
Through Kate's newfound art practice, she is no longer scanning her surroundings for threat and danger; she is browsing for beauty.