My artwork proposal submission features the Eltham Copper Butterfly a precious endangered butterfly that resides in various locations predominantly in Eltham. Currently conservation attempts are active in Eltham to preserve the life of this butterfly.
My artwork also features two elements essential for the life cycle of the Eltham butterfly, the first being the larval food of the butterfly which is a plant called Sweet Bursaria. In my artwork each butterfly is surrounded by a branch of this plant and through the centre of the piece the sweet bursaria flowers can be seen.
The second essential element featured in my artwork is the Notoncus Ant, this ant is an attendant to the larvae of the Eltham Copper Butterfly, it protects the larvae and in return eats the secretions from the larvae, creating a mutually rewarding relationship.
Tania Lucas is a local Nillumbik resident, Mother and Artist. She is a self taught artist who predominantly paints with acrylics on canvas. Tania was introduced to painting at Croydon Secondary College in the 80’s and has continued throughout her life. She painted in her spare time while practicing as an Acupuncturist and Massage for 17 years and after becoming a mother of twins in 2017.
In 2020 Tania launched tanialucas.com her website/ online shop where she sells her original paintings, fine art prints of her paintings and handmade products. Recently Tania has joined local art group “Thou Art Mum” and is delighted to commence exhibiting with the group.