I have always dabbled in different art and craft mediums. It was not until three years ago that I decided to try my hand at painting. I discovered, to my amazement that I not only enjoyed it, but was pleased with the results. The painting shown here was inspired by the orange dust cloud that enveloped Sydney in 2009. Australia?s plants are exceptionally resilient, so they are displayed prominently to emphasis this. A bit like Phoenix rising from the ashes, I guess.