Lorraine Robertson's watercolour illustrations will go on exhibition in the Raymond Terrace Library on Friday

A NEW exhibition celebrating Australiana by artist Lorraine Robertson opens in the art space at Raymond Terrace Library on Friday.

The original watercolour illustrations by Ms Robertson were first created for the book D'harawal Seasons and Climatic Cycles, which saw her collaborate with D'harawal elder Frances Bodkin. The D'harawal people are from the greater Sydney region.

Illustrating the seasonal calendar and traditional stories for the publication formed part of Ms Robertson's wider doctoral research. She has a PhD in natural history illustration.

"This series brings together my artistic skills and background in education with my passion for the Australian environment, my love of Aboriginal culture and my commitment to Aboriginal reconciliation," Ms Robertson said.

The illustrations rely on a study of natural history in order to provide informative, accurate and naturalistic representations of the plants, animals and environment while forming a 'bridge' between cultures.

Subsequent artworks were presented to Ms Bodkin to use where appropriate and two more books, D'harawal Seasons and Natural Resources and D'harawal Dreaming Stories, have been published.

The exhibition will finish on July 27.

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