The extraordinary Ellis Rowan was no mere 'lady flower painter'. To great effect, she cast herself in the role of 'intrepid lady explorer', and became as well known for her lively accounts of flower-hunting exploits as for her paintings.
Over the course of 50 years, she journeyed to many wild and inhospitable places in Australia and beyond, searching for her beloved wildflowers and wildlife subjects, always impeccably dressed in long skirt, high-button boots and wide-brimmed hat. At the age of 70, she ventured alone into the jungles of New Guinea, the first Australian woman to do so.
This is her story of a solitary and curious life, told through the wonderful paintings that form part of her collection of 970 works held by the National Library of Australia.
Author: Christine Morton-Evans
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Number of pages: 192