A Reef Paradise
Melanie Hava

Artists Statement: My People come from the Beatrice River area near Millaa Millaa and Grandma would often tell me stories of her Grandfather Paddy Brooks travelling down the rainforest mountain ranges to the coastal areas. In my research of my people I learnt that one of them had travelled out on the reef on boats with Kanakas who came to Northern QLD. I imagine it must have been fascinating to see such a beautiful array of fish and coral for the first time much like this animation is from his point of view. I enjoy living up in the middle of the Rainfoest country and the Great Barrier Reef and love painting them both. 

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