Fiona Francois - Spotted Quoll

Fiona Francois
Spotted Quoll
digital print of original drawing
40 x 40cm
Edition of 25

Fiona Francois - Artist's Statement

The Tiger Quoll, also known as the Spotted-tail Quoll, the Spotted Quoll, native cat or tiger cat, is a carnivorous marsupial native to Australia. With males weighing around 3.5kg, they are the world's second largest carnivorous marsupial behind the Tasmanian Devil. With fur colour ranging from beige to dark brown, the light-coloured spots are very distinctive. I have drawn a  Spotted-tail Quoll resting on a gnarled branch using charcoal and graphite pencil. The background is created using a large house painting brush loaded with powdered charcoal. The large strokes are then sprinkled with acetone which reacts with the charcoal to produce light droplets.

his work was submitted by the artist as part of Wild Island's Threatened Species Project 2023. One third of the proceeds will go to Tasmanian Orchid Conservation & Research Program and the Swift Parrot Surveying & Monitoring Program (in conjunction with BBF, TWS and GRANT) and will continue to support Friends of The Orford Bird Sancturary.

In 2022 Threatened Species Project proceeds went to Friends of The Orford Bird Sanctuary and the Miena Cider Gum Recovery Program.

Threatened Species Project, 3rd October - 5th November 2023

There are 683 species of plants and animals, including insects and other invertebrates, on Tasmania's Threatened Species List. Yes, there are the iconic ones so many people know about, but there are numerous species that are tiny, little known or ‘less attractive’, which are no less important to our rich and varied eco-system. This new exhibition will expand our understanding of the range & diversity of threatened species and educate of their plight. It also aims to raise much needed funds to go towards their support.

It’s a small thing we can do during an age of climate change, mass species decline and habitat loss.


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