This painting was inspired when one of my Facebook friends messaged me about a Spectacled Hare Wallaby, just by chance she sent a lovely photograph of a wallaby she was fostering called Forrest. First of all I was totally mystified as to what species she was, this is despite 11 years caring for macropods. I was enchanted by the cheeky look on this little one’s face and so I asked if it was OK for me to create a painting of her. This is the result..... She was an absolute pleasure to paint and I enjoyed every hour, the background though was... a challenge. I painted four different versions before going with my original attempt in linking her name with the background.
Forrest was being raised by foster Mum Dianne for Zoos South Australia. Deeply concerned about the decline of Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies in the wild, Zoos SA had embarked on a breeding and native wildlife reintroduction programme in 1996. The project is one of the longest running in Australia and has been a great success to date.
So, well done Adelaide Zoo! Dianne and Forrest of course.
Samantha "I'm a person who feels I live in paradise and truly love Australia after immigrating here in 2003. I work as a foreign exchange trader, live with my true soul mate, husband Albert. I have a passion for Aussie wildlife and became a registered wildlife carer in 2005 and can say I feel truly privileged to be able to raise and rehabilitate orphan wallaby/kangaroo joeys. I love these creatures with my heart and soul. My dream is to be able to help struggling volunteer wildlife carers, financially, so that they can do what they do best without worrying how to pay the next vet bill"