In this painting, Kathleen depicts the bush-plum, Terminalia ferdinandiana. This is a small deciduous tree found in northwestern Australia. During the wet season extending from January through March, the plant produces small plum-like fruits that look and taste much like gooseberries.
These tart, green, heart-shaped fruit that grow throughout the Northern Territory and Western Australia, have for many years been a seasonal staple of the local Aboriginal diet. Also known as the Kakadu or billy goat plum, it has a very high content of vitamin C, in fact holds the World Record. It’s full of antioxidants, folic acid and iron. Apart from eating it, the aboriginal people pound the fruit and use it as an antiseptic and a soothing balm for aching limbs.
Kathleen began her art career in the late 1970s in batik with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik is featured in the book Utopia A Picture Story. When the painting movement swept Utopia in the late 1980s, Kathleen swiftly changed her medium. Kathleen's popularity as an artist grew in the early 00s, especially thanks to her simplistic "B . . .