My great-grandmother, Emma Minnie Boyd, painted countless beautiful watercolour pictures of the Australian bush. She also painted a frieze of the four seasons which was mounted on the walls of her house in Yarra Glen in Victoria. Sadly, the house was burned to the ground in the bushfires of 2009.

My great-grandmother, Emma Minnie Boyd, painted countless beautiful watercolour pictures of the Australian bush. She also painted a frieze of the four seasons which was mounted on the walls of her house in Yarra Glen in Victoria. Sadly, the house was burned to the ground in the bushfires of 2009.

My aunt, Lucy Boyd-Beck, was an artist and a ceramicist. When I was a little girl, and complained that I couldn't draw, she sat me down and gave me a lesson in how to draw ponies.

My aunt, Lucy Boyd-Beck, was an artist and a ceramicist. When I was a little girl, and complained that I couldn't draw, she sat me down and gave me a lesson in how to draw ponies.

Cover of the novel - illustrations by Florence Boyd, design Ruth Gruener

Cover of the novel - illustrations by Florence Boyd, design Ruth Gruener

A seascape painted by my great-aunt, the South Australian painter, Leila McNamara. The character of Big was inspired by many of my aunts and great-aunts, including Leila.

A seascape painted by my great-aunt, the South Australian painter, Leila McNamara. The character of Big was inspired by many of my aunts and great-aunts, including Leila.

Home | Florence Boyd | This was the original cover design, which I adore.

Home | Florence Boyd | This was the original cover design, which I adore.

The Shoalhaven River from the verandah of Riversdale, where I stayed as a teenager. I love the way the shifting light changes the palette of colour from one moment to the next.

The Shoalhaven River from the verandah of Riversdale, where I stayed as a teenager. I love the way the shifting light changes the palette of colour from one moment to the next.

View of the Shoalhaven River from the verandah of Riversdale in NSW. When I was a teenager, I stayed at this property. I used elements from this landscape to create Avendale.

View of the Shoalhaven River from the verandah of Riversdale in NSW. When I was a teenager, I stayed at this property. I used elements from this landscape to create Avendale.

Home | Florence Boyd | Riverbend illustration.

Home | Florence Boyd | Riverbend illustration.

Home | Florence Boyd | internal illustration by Florence.

Home | Florence Boyd | internal illustration by Florence.

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