Working with bark is a special way of combining nature and art and also an adventure into the world of tree knowledge and bush exploring.
Heather Jones has collected Melaleuca bark from every corner of Australia. From Welshpool to Phillip Island in Victoria, up the coast to Cairns and Port Douglas, Far North Qld and across to Perth and Walpole, West Australia and back to the Sunshine Coast where she resides.
There are many species of Melaleuca trees (paperbarks) and so there is a great variety of colours and textures.
Jones has been working in bark for forty five years and still finds it a fascinating and challenging medium. Her pictures are represented in both local and international collections. Jones’ early instructions on the skill of making bark pictures came from a very talented artist, the late Danny Zam. He advanced bark art from a primitive bush art to a high level art form as it is today.