I grew up in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, on a rural property surrounded by bushland and wildlife. As a result, I have always been fascinated by nature and colours and am constantly inspired and awestruck by the array and ever-changing beauty of our Earths natural landscapes.


My first painting was at the age of nine, when I was inspired after camping on a property at Birdwood, west of Wauchope, NSW. This was the first time that I had experienced the desire to capture what I saw on paper. Throughout my school life I continued to do art. In my final year at school, for my major artwork, I painted a scene from personal experience, based on my family and one of my favourite places, Barrington Tops. This was a series of three paintings of the Barrington Tops rainforest and the Allyn River.


After completing a degree in Environmental Science and working fulltime in science-related positions, I finally realised that illustration was my passion, and began working towards becoming a full-time artist by enrolling in Natural History Illustration (Honours) at the University of Newcastle, of which I received a Class 1 Honours.

My thesis and major artworks were based on studies of the home garden environment and its beneficial garden critters. I chose twelve beneficial garden critters and completed illustrations using graphite, pen, ink, acrylic, and watercolour. I also compiled fact sheets, a children's book and have created a Beneficial Garden Critter website, all of which can be accessed through the Natural History Illustration pages.


I then continued on to a Masters in Philosophy (Natural History Illustration) at the University of Newcastle and studied the effect of light on the natural world, titled ‘From Sea to Snow: Illustrating the Effect of Light and Colour on the Natural World, A Visual Interpretation’.

The exegesis focuses on the historical, modern and cultural uses of light in artworks, and my artworks focus on the effect of light on five environments; coastal, grassland, woodland, forest and alpine.


Between completing my Honours and Masters I was employed by Greenleaf Retirement Village as an Artist in Residence and during that time I completed a series of works depicting the nature around the Village. These paintings can be viewed in my Gallery.


I now have works in Aarwun Gallery in Gold Creek, ACT and I continue to paint the Hunter Valley and Canberra Regions. I also show my works in the Hunter Art Bazaar and some local markets.


To view all of my recent paintings, illustrations and works for sale, please visit my Gallery and Illustration pages or view some of my works in the Aarwun Gallery in Gold Creek (ACT).


If you are interested in purchasing or commissioning a painting, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.



I would like to thank my Nan, Lynne, for her inspiration and guidance in the art of painting.



About Me

Ebony Bennett

Birdwood Illustrations