Original – Leaf on the forest floor


An original work by Christopher Strong

Oil on Canvas

50cm x 40cm x 2cm


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Oil on canvas with a matte varnish finish.

Presented on stretched canvas and ready to hang. Sides of the canvas are painted solid black.

50cm x 40cm x 2cm

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This painting is currently on display as part of the Encounters with Nature in Victoria exhibition which concludes on May 5. The work will be sent after this date.


Encountered in Toolangi State Forest/ Taungurong Country

I was in the dark, moist shadows of the forest canopy, watching the ground very closely because I knew leeches were around. In this forest they were tiny and moved onto your body with thirst and stealth. I knew no matter how vigilant I was, when I got back to the car I would find some feeding on my ankles. The complex forest floor reminded me that in a perfect natural order, anything that is not alive is providing life. Everything, including the huge trees, tall and ancient, were given life by things that had fallen to the ground.

The leaves that had fallen were breaking down and returning their nutrients to the forest floor. Each one created unique patterns and colours as it slowly fell apart. I noticed one leaf that had fallen onto a piece of bark and had developed reds and oranges. It seemed bugs had been nibbling at it as it started to reveal its delicate framework beneath its surface.



Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 20 × 1 cm