by Sharon Smith
Acrylic on canvas
76 x 76 cm

Gumnuts and how they come from the eucalyptus tree. The eucalyptus leaf was used for healing and for many other things that were associated with healing and sickness that were in our tribes. It wasn’t until after I had done a painting about gumnuts that I was told of Myrtle Rust disease attacking the eucalyptus leaves and many other plants. My great great grandmother used the eucalyptus leaf and gumnuts to make medicine so I feel I have a connection with her when I paint about gumnuts and eucalyptus leaves.