“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” ~ ALFRED AUSTIN

This is my Secret Garden. My work of the last 2 years has culminated at this point. This piece is so very complex, but I will try to explain it to you.

This is me. I am from the earth, of the earth, striving to save the earth. She is me, I am her.

I live in the country on Kangaroo Island (Australia), surrounded by nature. I have wild kangaroos in my front yard every night, koalas in my trees, and my son Henley and I walk every day, and celebrate the amazing place we live. This nature has engulfed my being.

On average, I have been taking about 100 images with my Canon PowerShot camera every single day for the past two years. Macro bugs, macro wildflowers, skies, dead trees, birds, flowers, shells, leaves, images from my orchard, burnt trees from the bushfires, dried up drought-affected dam bases, kangaroos, and of course, my son Henley. So many images have gone into this one piece.

There are two worlds here. The abundant and thriving; and the dying, the gone forever. Our house was surrounded by devastating bushfires in Dec 2007 – a time I will never forget. Nothing but smoke could be seen out the windows. This land is vulnerable and changing for the worse every year as a result of Global Warming. It is an issue so very close to my heart because it is on my doorstep.

What will this world be like for my child and all the children of now? Famine, drought, heat waves, extreme weather patterns and natural catastrophes, massive bushfires, more war, no jobs, no money, more disease, more animals extinct forever, less trees and rainforests, less farmers, less food. We are seeing it now. Something has to be done.

My forehead shows a migraine I recently had during a heatwave. It felt like a penetrating light was entering my eye and illuminating half of my brain before exiting at the base of my skull where the vision centre of the brain is. It was very powerful to me. Vision. Have the vision before the world dies. Mother Earth is dying, as is half of me.

What are you doing to help the earth survive? It’s up to our generation, or there will be nothing left.

Your thoughts on this topic are most welcome….


All images taken by me except:

Brain, Blood Spatter, & Moon Brushes: PS Brushes.net

From Deviant Art:
Fire Brushes: Purestock
Grass Brushes: Annamari-annie
Twig Brushes: Clandestine-stock
Star Brushes: Kuschelirmel-stock
Vine Brushes: gvalkyrie & macys

Tree Roots: Rogue-stock , Kaeloth, & Ninde
Green Tree: Its-only-stock
Rainbow Image: Stock-by-Kai

Let me know what you think!*


  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyover 5 years ago

    WOW this is fabulous!! The amount of work in this, and attention to detail os brilliant!! So well done Simone :)

  • Thanks Adam! Most appreciated! :)

    – SimoneYvette

  • gemynd
    gemyndover 5 years ago

    amazing composite….stunning details

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    WHOAAAAA this is amazing you put a lot of work and effort into this.. and it shows.. beautiful result

  • mm1208
    mm1208over 5 years ago

    this is a stunning piece of art,
    with all that detail AND all that effort going into it!
    this is what art is about, trying to bring across a message
    and i am sure everyone can hear loud and clear your message.
    as u said it is up to each and everyone of us.
    i wished that more people felt that urgent to this subject as u do, simone!

  • Thank you so much! I’m glad you get the intention behind this piece!

    – SimoneYvette

  • M a r i e B a r c i a
    M a r i e B a ...over 5 years ago

    Amazing stuff!

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago


  • Roz McQuillan
    Roz McQuillanover 5 years ago

    Fabulous Simone, love it!

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 5 years ago

    A personal masterpiece, I’d say. Thanks for submitting this to “Solo Exhibition”: http://www.redbubble.com/groups/solo-exhibition. Great choice! Welcome!

  • Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate that, especially from you!

    I love your group and all you are doing for promoting artists, it’s really wonderful!

    – SimoneYvette

  • Dave Martsolf
    Dave Martsolfover 5 years ago

    A great work, Yvette. Caught my eye immediately. Looking forward to seeing more! – Dave

  • Keith Richardson
    Keith Richardsonover 5 years ago

    Hello Simone. I respond, every time, to an artist who has passion,and you do in spades! I like too, the balance (Ying/Yang if you like) you have displayed between the right and the left sides of your image – seeing both the good and then bad in our environment.
    Photoshopping is my hobby, and your explorations of its strengths looks exciting.
    Thank you for sharing your vision with us all.

  • Awww that is way too kind! Thank you, Keith!
    I’ve been creating art for about 20 years or more now, and this really does feel like my first real art piece. It communicates a lot of my inner thoughts right now.

    Thanks again!!


    – SimoneYvette

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