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Laura Peden is an emerging landscape and abstract artist from Bayswater, Western Australia. Her work invites the viewer to take a closer look at the remnant pockets of bushland and vegetation close to urban areas. Further afield, Laura is fascinated by the rock formations of northern Australia. Her paintings tell stories about the impact of urbanisation, conservation and the resilience of nature. Laura enjoys plein air painting, sketching and photography and uses these studies as the basis for creating acrylic and mixed media artworks. Laura became fascinated with Whiteman Park when she was researching her book 'Treasured Island: 175 Years of Growing Up in Guildford (2008).' Whiteman Park is significant conservation parkland purchased by the state government from landowners including Lew Whiteman, a grazier and Guildford property owner. Whiteman Park contains important tracts of banksia woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain. Every year in early summer the spectacular orange and yellow feather flowers of Verticordia nitens, called kotyeningara by the Noongar people and commonly known as Morrison bush, brighten the bushland. Laura has used rice paper collage, incorporating monoprints of local leaves, feathers and shells, as the basis of the feather flowers. In 2021 Laura was a finalist in the City of Bayswater Community Art Awards, the City of Melville Art Award and the Mid-West Art Prize. When she is not painting, Laura can be found teaching Perth College flute students in the Opus Rooms.