Black ink and watercolour on hot-pressed 300g 100% cotton rag Arches watercolour paper. Original size 40 × 28 cm.
This painting was commissioned as an award for Keith McDonald in honour of his contribution in the discovery of frog declines in QLD Australia, which led to the subsequent recognition of chytridiomycosis as a cause of frog declines globally. It features the frog that was named after him, the Mt Elliot Nursery-Frog (Cophixalus mcdonaldi_), and the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly (_Ornithoptera euphorion).
McDonald’s Frog (or Mt Elliot Nursery Frog) is a small (2cm long), nocturnal, leaf litter-dwelling rainforest frog that is restricted in distribution to Mt Elliot (30km SE of Townsville). Current conservation status: endangered.