Note: I was provided a free copy of this book (Celebrating Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife) so I could write an honest review.
The Art of Daryl Dickson
This is a beautiful book. From the cover jacket to every page inside, it is a visual treat and delight that will mesmerize wildlife and art lovers from any continent.
The author and artist shares with us her journey. As a reader who is also both and artist and author, I rooted for her as the character in this story.
She could have easily given up when her school counselor made the pronouncement in the late 1960’s to her parents. “Somehow you are going to have to make this girl understand that there is no future for women in art.” She might have thought at that time that she had indeed, given up.
At 16 years old, she accepted the counselor’s words. Young Dickson packed her rucksack and left her family in Adelaide to go travelling. However, her love for art didn’t die. She continued her drawing and sketches. In London in the 70’s, she worked at odd jobs to get by.
Eventually she returned to Australia to settle in the far-north tropics where she began her work in wildlife rehabilitation.
Hands-On Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife
It was during her time working with wildlife rehabilitation that her muse finally gained control. She had found her niche in the world.
She is self-taught and developed her beautiful artistic voice through trial and error. Through her paintings, Dickson offers readers a surrogate relationship, a glimpse into her life with all of the wildlife she’s studied and loved. She has worked with some of the rarest and most endangered species in Australia.
Read this book for her story, but prepare to get lost in the artwork. You will feel the love for these creatures she has so intricately portrayed in their natural habitats.
Where to Purchase Celebrating Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife
If you decide to buy the book via the Amazon link, I make a small commission on your qualifying purchases. I don’t know if this book is a ‘qualifying’ product.
Get it from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3khHYqM
Also get it directly from the publisher: https://exislepublishing.com/product/celebrating-australias-magnificent-wildlife/
The author’s bio from the Exisle Publishing website:
“Daryl Dickson is an award-winning painter and illustrator with a passion for the natural environment and wildlife rehabilitation. Originally from London, she now lives in Far North Queensland. She has received an Australia Day Award for her work in environmental education, wildlife rescue, Cassowary Award, and the Drawing prize at the Hinchinbrook Bird Life Art Awards.”
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