Edna Walling (1895 - 1973) was and remains one of Australia’s most influential and highly regarded landscape designers. She was also Australia’s first female property developer, a conservation activist, author and photographer. Edna was the creator of Bickleigh Vale in Mooroolbark, a cottage village on the outskirts of Melbourne, now heritage listed. Universally regarded as preeminent in her field, an until-then male domain, she designed gardens for Dame Nellie Melba, Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, and many other prominent Australians. She was a regular contributor to Australia Home Beautiful magazine, The Australian Women’s Mirror, The Australian Home Builder and was a regular on ABC radio talks. A quarter of Edna’s designs are now held in the State Library of Victoria, and others in private collections in other states. Edna Walling was mentor to many woman and men, all of whom are indebted to her in their careers.
About the artist:
Paxton's work explores the nexus of reality and her imagined world. Intricate and delicate forms intertwine, mimicking the ways in which reality and imagination blend. Raised on a farming property on the Murray River in Mildura, Victoria, where she roamed across 42 acres of fruit and bush, she developed a fascination with nature that has come to dominate her work. Represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, Paxton's works are also held in private collections across Australia.