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Dorothy Gauvin

Total live articles: 9

Member since: Mar 01, 2012

I am passionate about Story - to me, the foundation of all Art. In essence, I'm painting and writing the Story of my 'tribe' - the Europeans who came to Australia and built a modern nation. I was born at Winton in Western Queensland, centre stage of the 1890s uprising known as the Australian 'secret' civil war. All my published work - in my illustrated books and in my first novel - 'Conlan's Luck' - is based on that eventful period.

I grew up in Sydney and on the Darling Downs with my parents, brother and two sisters. At seventeen, the only 'blind date' of my life resulted in meeting The Bloke who still holds my heart. He was the reason for my final relocation - to the tropical paradise of Cairns, near the Great Barrier Reef.

My other passion is for learning. A bower-bird instinct for seeking out facts, combines with a squirrel's instinct for tucking them away for later use. If I ever resort to using an 'avatar' I guess it'll be: a brush-tail possum with improbable beak and wings, scrambling up a gumtree to its hoard of bright blue objects.

At age 25, I was officially diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. To avoid passing it on, I decided our one son was all the family we needed - lucky he turned out to be a perfect child (ahem!) and then a truly good man.

Currently, I'm working on a second novel, while I await full recovery of my painting hand after unexpected nerve damage after a total elbow replacement in March 2010. Please wish me luck with that!

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Largest of the lizards that frequent the territory outside our house is a member of the Goanna family, named the Lace Monitor. A mature individual can reach a length of close to five feet from nose

Reference & Education> Wildlife l 2 years ago

At our place, the Rainbow Skink is the most populous type. The local Kookaburras will snack on these small lizards but prefer a larger mouthful of gecko or tree snake. Last Sunday began with...

Reference & Education> Wildlife l 2 years ago

Every Eden needs a serpent. My personal paradise in Tropical North Queensland is host to the eight most venomous land snakes on the planet. It also is the home of several species of Python, growing

Reference & Education> Wildlife l 2 years ago

Of the more than forty snake species living in my corner of the world - Tropical North Queensland - eight have the dubious honour of being the most venomous on the planet. They include the fearsome

Reference & Education> Wildlife l 2 years ago

Thousands of unemployed, unskilled labourers fled from Australian cities during the global financial crisis of the late 19th century. At a time when governments offered little in the way of social

Arts & Entertainment> Humanities l 2 years ago

Images by seven world-famous artists have led this inquiry into the making of self-portraits. They included paintings by Leonardo, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Goya, Van Gogh, Picasso and Andy Warhol. This

Arts & Entertainment> Painting l 2 years ago

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Creative freedom comes with setting yourself some limits. Does that sound contradictory to you? Well, let me explain what I mean. Because my experience of this powerful 'secret' has proven

Arts & Entertainment> Painting l 2 years ago

In 1968, a novel by Erich von Daniken upset the chariots of science. Why it struck such a chord with the public is due, I think, to the underlying reason why artists are fascinated by monsters...

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