Biomes Artists

A whole team of artists and scientists have collaborated to make BIOMES happen. Meet some of the talented artists that have contributed their work to the exhibition. 

Rachel Klyve

Rachel Klyve​ - 'Biomes Mandala'

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: What went wrong?


The processes of speciation take millions of years, for a lizard to lose its

legs, or a possum to take flight, for a plant to mimic a duck or a frog to

glitter like gold. But human time is speeding up the cycles of decline. 

The Regent Honeyeater was once abundant but is now not only critically endangered but also functionally extinct. With 350 or less individuals in

the wild there are too few of them to play a significant role in the the 

ecosystems they inhabit.  So how do we define what is a threatened species? The Flying Duck Orchid is classified as being of ‘least concern’ 

but is it not also threatened in this world  of rapid change? The mandala 

rotates and loops endlessly, showing the appearance and disappearance

of species. Where will it stop?   


Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera Phrygia, Striped Legless Lizard Delma Impar, Squirrel Glider Petaurus norfolcensis, White’s  Seahorse Hippocampus whitei,Darling Hardyhead Craterocephalus amniculus, Green and Golden Bell Frog Litoria aurea, Giant Dragonfly Petalura gigantea, Flying Duck Orchid Caleana major, Pepper Pot fungi Myriostoma coliforme.  

Instagram @klyvealive 


Rachel Klyve is a scientific illustrator and artist from Australia.

She works in both traditional and digital mediums in 2D and 3D.

Her work describes and celebrates biodiversity and highlights

the importance of art in  the communication of science.  

Instagram: @klyvealive  

Jemma Gillard  - 'Threats to Biodiversity Infographics , Native Frog vs Cane Toad (Infographic and 3D sculptures) , Spotlight Wildlife (Animation) , Wetlands Mural'

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: Wonderment, What went wrong? 

Threats to Biodiversity Infographics  

One small action can make a difference, these infographics are

aimed at teaching the audience about four of the most common threats to our biodiversity. Each poster lists a threat, a species

affected by that threat, and one small action that you as a person

can do to help.   

Native Frog vs Cane Toad (Infographic and 3D sculptures)  

More than a third of reported cane toads actually turn out to be

native Australian frogs. The Pobblebonk is considered one of the

most commonly mistaken in NSW. These works aim to present these species to an audience and display their key differences clearly. Educating others to identify cane toads is incredibly important in helping to preserve and protect native frog populations.  

Spotlight Wildlife (Animation)  

Spotlight Wildlife is an animation that features a variety of Hunter Region wildlife in movement at night. Many of our native animals

are active in darkness, but we tend not to think of them this way. Watch as the spotlight reveals these creatures in action.  

Wetlands Mural  

The Wetlands biodiversity mural is a project undertaken by Rose Upton, Tallulah Cunningham, and Jemma Gillard. It is a colourful environment piece intended to highlight and display the biodiversity present in NSW and its local wetlands  

Artist Statement   

Jemma Gillard is a scientific illustrator studying Natural History Illustration at UON. She is passionate about educational art and

being able to communicate with others through a visual medium.

She enjoys experimenting with new techniques and has an interest

in exploring scientific illustration through both a traditional and

digital practice.  



Linda Cox - 'Coastal Estuary Field Sheets' 

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: What went wrong?


Art and Climate:  How can the Natural History Artist disseminate scientific data on impacts of climate change on coastal estuarine ecosystems? 

I am a Natural History Illustrator and a horticulturalist.  My love and connection to nature, together with my concern for the future of our environment, has led me to explore the above question through research and creative practice.   Research indicates that if carbon dioxide emissions are reduced and are no longer accumulating in the atmosphere, then climate change can largely be mitigated.  Changing public perceptions, education and advocacy are needed in order to reach this goal and art may help convey this message.  


This research focusses on the local estuarine environments on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia.  It is estimated that two out of three Australians and four out of five people in NSW are likely to have significantly altered lifestyles due to the impacts of climate change on these areas. 


These field sheets are worked up from my initial field research and will form part of a larger body of works, ‘an exhibition book’, that will detail the natural history of estuarine environments and projected climate change impacts.

(watercolour on paper)

Nicole Carroll

Nicole Carroll - 'Orrery Arcana and Under the Surface: Throsby Creek'

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: Wonderment and Future Ecosystems

Orrery Arcana


Orrery Arcana is a system for real-time performance that includes custom software and a self-made hardware controller that is built on a planetary gear train. Sonic events and textures are controlled through gear rotations and embedded light, magnetic, and capacitive touch sensors, as well as NASA lunar data and tarot card correspondences.  


Under the Surface: Throsby Creek 

This soundscape is a collection of hydrophone recordings gathered from Throsby Creek Catchment in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. The recordings capture the omnipresent sound of snapping shrimp, as well as fish grunts and calls, aquatic insects, air bubbles, yabbies eating, floating leaf litter, diving birds, and curious mice scurrying across the hydrophone cables.

Nicole Carroll is a composer, performer, sound designer, and instrument designer and builder. Her work spans improvisation, installation, and fixed media performance. She builds custom performance systems that she performs under the alias “n0izmkr.” Her works have been performed internationally in the USA, Mexico, Wales, Germany, Greece, Australia, and China. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University in Providence, RI, and is currently Lecturer of Digital Composition at The University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia.

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Louisa Magrics -  'Hyperweb'

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery:  Future Ecosystems 

Hyperweb is a dual-solid crochet design. It is an evolution of the 3D web series, which saw an exploration of netted, cubic forms. The work appears as a large-scale, pop-up installations in public spaces. Though the form may be similar, the response to site is always unique. 

Louisa Magrics is a musician, creative producer and award-winning interdisciplinary artist based in Newcastle, Australia. She is currently completing a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle. Her research explores rhythmic sequences and crochet forms through an experimental systems approach.  

Winner of the 2015 Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize, Louisa has gone onto to exhibit work in major institutions such as The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Her site-responsive work Hyperweb was shown in the Royal Botanic Gardens as a part of Vivid Sydney’s 10th anniversary in 2018.   

Pulling on threads of technological augmentation, electronic production techniques and digital materiality, Magrics’ interdisciplinary perspective leads to a dynamic re-imaging of traditional creative practice.  


Kathirine Sentas - 'The soft coral habitats of Port Stephens'

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery:  Wonderment and What can you do?

Kathirine is a PhD Candidate in the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle. Her work is inspired by the ways in which art and science are mutually beneficial in their aims to both understand and communicate science. Kathirine primarily works with traditional mediums and strives to combine this work with emerging technologies. 

(acrylic on board)

Nicole Pierce - Lady Elliot Island and Azure Kingfisher

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery:  Atrium 


Nikki is a Fine Artist and Natural History Illustrator based in Newcastle, Australia. Passionate about illustrating the natural world from life, her field-based approach to creative practice has led her on a pursuit across the globe to capture and record the ecosystems most vulnerable to human-induced climate change. She hopes that her work will help tell the stories that linger at the edges of our understandings and inspire her audience to explore the remarkable world around them. With an interest in art-science collaboration, Nikki specialises in fine art paintings, scientific illustrations and visual storytelling.  



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Prue Sailer -Harbingers of Rain

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: Atrium 


In a nation where native species are increasingly under threat of extinction and natural environments are being destroyed in the

name of development, understanding the importance of preserving biodiversity is critical if we are to slow the pace of destruction. Similarly, slowing down and engaging with nature is essential to

ensure our physical and mental well-being. This premise is central

to my art practice. 


My artworks take time. I firstly spend time observing – birds, animals and their habitats. I spend time drawing to understand the form and character of each species, and what makes each of them unique. My preference for traditional painting techniques means the painting process also takes time – often months to produce a large work.  


I strive to create artworks that represent what I see and experience,

in all its exquisite detail. A key element in many of my works is the power of the gaze – direct eye contact between the animal and the viewer. This non-verbal communication generates questions about

the animal’s viewpoint or experience of its existence.  Viewers of my work are encouraged to learn more about the species, to reconnect with nature and to appreciate the ‘slow art’. 


Linda Lunnon - Ancient Guardian, Koala, Bed of Blossoms, lEastern Spinebill, Blue-banded bees on Dianella, Tropical Jewel, Cassowary, Tree frog

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: Atrium, What can you do?

Celebrating biodiversity 

The natural world is incredible, and our unique Australian landscapes and biodiversity are a constant source of inspiration. As an environmental scientist, I want to record these curiosities in all their beautiful detail. As an artist, I want my illustrations to inspire and motivate people to be curious and to appreciate the beauty in our plants, wildlife, fungi. They all have a place in making this earth a healthy, fascinating place to be. With appreciation and awareness hopefully comes a desire to protect and conserve what is left.  


Louise Wills - 'Wanted' posters, Lace Monitor, Octopus

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: Atrium & What went wrong? 

Louise produced a series of 10 ‘Wanted’ posters for invasive species of the Hunter Region for the Local Land Services. 

Louise is a Scientific Illustrator studying Natural History Illustration

at UON. She has a passion for museum display design and public engagement projects and has recently completed the design and installation of a new interpretive space at the Hunter Wetlands Centre.


Louise had a particular interest in using scientific sculptures and models in interactive displays to create engaging and meaningful

ways of communicating the content. Her skills also extend to 2D traditional and digital art practice as well as design.  

For the Biomes exhibition she has worked with Hunter Local Land Services to create a series of ‘Wanted posters’ for invasive plant species and feral animals in an effort to raise awareness and encourage people to report sightings of these organisms. 

Louise also produced the Lace Monitor and Octopus paintings (acrylic on canvas)


Instagram: louisewills_illustrator  

Facebook: Louise Wills – Art and Illustration  


Andrew Styan - 'You are here' 

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery:  Future Ecosystems

You Are Here is an interactive digital mapping platform that uses

artistic and scientific models to visualise associations between our personal experience and global processes and systems. In this

prototype version one aspect of that connection is explored:

our breath. The work will ultimately serve as a curatorial platform

for diverse sources of artistic, scientific and cultural content across

many dimensions of human experience. 

Andrew Styan is a media artist and PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. With a background as a metallurgist in the steel industry

and lifelong interests in science, his practice uses coding, visualisation and interactivity to create objects, videos and installations that reference natural processes and scientific principles. He is a Harold Schenberg Fellow, a University Medallist and a recipient of a European Commission STARTS prize. 


Over the course of human history our success as a species has relied upon our intimate connection with the natural systems that surround

us. Our awareness of the global scale of that connection has not expanded as the world has globalised economically and culturally. Andrew is researching ways of sensitising us to that global scale.  


Lila Raymond – Missing. Have you seen me? 

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: What went wrong?  

Lila has produced the ‘MISSING: Have You Seen Me?’ posters with the Biodiversity and Conservation Division of the Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment to raise awareness of threatened species in New South Wales in an eye-catching way! These posters will work to encourage people to report sightings of these species.   

Artists Statement  

Lila Raymond is a third-year student at The University of Newcastle studying a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration. Interested in

Becoming a medical and anatomical illustrator, Lila has already completed work for veterinarians, The Department of Primary Industries, The Biodiversity and Conservation Division of the Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment, The Hunter Wetlands, and lecturers of The University of Newcastle. She has also exhibited her work at the Hunter Region Botanical Gardens, The Hunter Wetlands, Raymond Terrace Artspace and the Biomes exhibition.   



Tallulah Cunningham - 'Bats Matter'

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: Wonderment

Traditional illustrations of Australian bats adapted to interactive

digital exploration. 


Tallulah Cunningham grew up in Arid-zone Australia (with a few years

of childhood in Africa). She has a background in Wildlife management, zoology, botany, observational and imaginative illustration. She has completed a Batchelor of Natural History illustration with Class one honours and now holds a PhD in Natural History Illustration from the University of Newcastle. 
While enthused about all forms of wildlife Tallulah has a especial

fondness for microbats and illustrating cryptobiological specimens.

She mainly works in watercolour, marker and digital media, but is

also fluent with graphite, acrylic and colour pencil and frequently

experiments with new media and techniques. 
When not illustrating or researching her subjects Tallulah practices archery (on the ground and occasionally horseback) in the SCA (a medieval society), studies Japanese, illuminates awards based on manuscripts, spins wool, knits dog and human garb, practices

taekwondo, gardens, reads and what little time left over after that

is spent drinking tea and planning future projects. Tallulah has been a part of two Comic book Anthologies so far with

a third one in the works. 


Nicole Perez - Managing the Green and Golden Bell Frog Habitat

Virtual exhibition - Gallery:  What can you do?

This digitally rendered work is designed to demonstrate the various strategies that have been utilised to manage and conserve the habitat of the Green Golden Bell frog within an industrial area. It particularly focuses on the efforts that have been made within the Kooragang islands, including the construction of a frog fence and artificial refuge and breeding ponds, as well as replanting native vegetation and the removal of invasive plant species.  

Artist Statement :

Nicole is a Student Scientific Illustrator, and is currently studying The Bachelor of Natural History and Illustration at Newcastle University. She is deeply fascinated by the natural world and incorporates this passion for nature when communicating graphic elements. Nicole illustrates her artworks with traditional mediums as well as rendering them digitally, however she is willing to explore different styles and methods in which to convey the visual narrative.   


Nerita Taylor - Endangered Ecological Communities map

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery:  What can you do?

This poster was designed in collaboration with the Local Lands Service to enhance awareness of vegetation types and their distribution in the Lower Hunter region. It was designed to be used as a visual guide when selecting native plant species, to engage property owners in identifying the vegetation types in their area and promote planting of native plant species aligned with the local ecology. Encouraging property owners to successfully enhance native vegetation around them is a key step in providing and maintaining vital habitat for native animals and conserving endangered ecological communities. The seedling pictured in the lower left-hand corner symbolises our role in nurturing ecological communities. The leaves and buds of Eucalyptus parramattensis subsp. decadens, which grows in dry sclerophyll woodland areas, borders the map and is one of many identified vulnerable tree species in our region. 



Nerita is completing studies in scientific illustration at the University of Newcastle and is now blending traditional and digital mediums to visually communicate ideas. She aims to facilitate a more in-depth understanding of the natural and scientific world and delights in making the invisible visible and finding ways to help others make sense of their world.  

(digital painting)


Dayna Perez  - 'Our Vibrant Vision'

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery:  What can we do?

The Hunter Central Coast & Development Corporation envisions the Hunter region to be transformed from its industrial background into a beautiful landscape that blends the enriched natural environment with sustainably built communities. It’s a vision of remediation, of growth, and of vibrancy, where the people of this region can thrive alongside the beautiful world we call home. Our Vibrant Vision is a digitally produced representation of this transformation, and aims to inspire hope within the people around the Newcastle region that a beneficial change for our land is possible, and it’s right around the corner.  

(digital painting)


Ralph Kenke - 'Human vs Machine' 

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery:  Future Ecosystems

The prototype 'Human vs Machine' explores our intertwined relationship

with communication technology and its potential to create data portraits.

By voluntarily immersing ourselves with emerging technologies that enter our life, we often miss reflecting on the trade-offs these newly introduced technologies may cause. The distribution of biometric data that can

facilitate machine learning procedures to create synthetic portraits, for example, is indicating that human ecology and computational technology are already merging into a territory that requires future exploration of it social and ecological impact. The simulated and abstract Portrait offers an investigation of our attitude towards a representation of a future self that is transformed through computational technology. 


Ralph Kenke is a visual communication designer and media artist. His work

is focusing on information design and visual communication. His conceptual work is challenging traditional and visual communication design applications by merging technology and art in his practice.   

Ralph’s work has been recognised with international awards such as the Digital Portraiture Award by the National Portrait Gallery, a Museums Australian Multimedia & Publication Award (MAPDA), two AGDA Awards (Australian Graphic Design Association)  and the New York Type Directors Club Award.  

He has established an international profile working with libraries, galleries and museums to create creative exposés, shown internationally at venues that include the Galerie Loire, Nantes; Cabrabria Central Library, Santander; Central de Diseno de Matedero, Madrid; Zgraf 12. Ralph is currently a PhD research scholar with an APA scholarship. 

Maree Elliott- Mycology and Glow in the Dark Fungus

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery: Wonderment

Maree is a natural history illustrator and a field mycologist who 

lives in Australia.  The inspiration for her art practice comes from the extraordinary shapes and colours of fungi and their relationship with

other organisms within the environment.  Her art process begins in the field and ends in the herbarium.  Maree finds the process of art making more exciting than the finished artwork however the finished artwork is

a reminder of the pleasure of the process.   

Maree has a Research Higher Degree in Natural History Illustration

from the University of Newcastle (PHD) and a BA Library & Information Science with a major in Art History from Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga NSW.  



Rewa Wright & Simon Howden - 'Tactile Potentials' 

Virtual Exhibition - Gallery:  Future Ecosystems

The artwork Tactile Potentials (2020) captures plant processes as bio-electrical activity, and visualises those signaletic movements as data. Tracing the bio-electrical impulses emanating from plants as sound and vision, we explore and express the limits of this unseen space. Live performances afford a thinking through of the normally invisible connections plants make with us, and use technology to transpose their inaudible frequencies to a range apprehended by the human ear.