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The Gum Tree






The Gum Tree
Linoleum print hand coloured

297 x 210mm


" For me, as an Australian, there's a certain feeling I get when I see a gum tree overseas. The ubiquitous eucalypt has been exported all over the world and is prolific in the Middle East and in California."

"When I was overseas in the Middle East flying Chinook helicopters for the Australian Army, I came across a stand of eucalypts... and that - more than anything else - made me homesick!"

"This image is a simple linocut, hand coloured and was my first attempt at such. There's lots of mistakes, from which I've learned, so the next one I tackled was Thuringowa Waterlillies... and then Queenslander, which won an art prize."





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Independent Productions and Aviation Services is the website of Conway Bown, Australian Army Official War Artist and Aviation Consultant. Services include portrait painting and other portraiture, aviation services such as CRM - Crew Resource Management - and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training - HUET - which may include Emergency Breathing Systems - EBS - training using Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Devices - HABD - or Helicopter Emergency Egress Device - HEEDs.

During 2006, Conway Bown deployed to the Middle East as the Australian Army's Official War Artist, what the US Armed Forces call Combat Artist. This website features the artwork created during this project as part of the Australian Army's Official Art Scheme.

For more information on War Art, Combat Artists, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) or Crew Resource Management (CRM), please visit the relevant webpages:

HUET - RHO Aviation

CRM - RHO Aviation

EBS - RHO Aviation

Official War Artist - IPAS.