This painting by Gloria Petyarre demonstrates her superior knowledge of colour. The red, purple and orange leaves overlap to create an explosion of colour on the canvas. In this work she uses very delicate leaves.
Mulga leaves are traditionally collected for bush medicine by the women who live in Utopia. They also happen to be Gloria’s main subject matter when painting. In this case the leaves are shown as small where some of her other paintings show the leaves as bold brush strokes. Gloria is a prolific artist and despite the limited subject matter she creates truly unique paintings.