Pamela Skuse is an Aspirational Artist, Writer, a Landscape Gardener, a Mother and a Grandmother. “To bring to life the dreams and the burning desires of the heart is more than just mere wishing.
Having a passion to create only comes to be from the willingness to imagine and then apply that creative desire.” For Pam, her childhood passion began with bush walking, exploring the huge granite boulders hiding in the dense Acacia and Eucalyptus bushland. Her Mum never really knew what part of the bush she was playing in - it was so vast and rugged - and it gave her a huge amount of freedom. Pam then turned her passion into landscape oil painting, horse riding and to create a garden was the beginning of a very unique journey, whilst raising two children on a farm in the Granite Belt area. Then the studying began, to raise her self-worth, to develop her literacy issues and to expand her self-awareness. Pam’s desire was to write and to illustrate a book that was colourful, positive, insightful, empowering and inspiring.
Being a lover of the Australian bush, Pam also became a keen photographer. With all of her creative talents, Pam has combined her skills into an array of styles and modalities; going from Landscape Painting, to Wildscape Creative Expression Art in oils and to digital art on the computer. Many of these art styles are combined with her photographs to illustrate and write a set of 288 Who Am I Card Readings. Pam has written over 100 articles, as well as many Metaphoric Allegory Stories on Personal Development and Consciousness Expansion. Pam grows Bottle Trees in her large garden and prunes hundreds of Bottle Tree Bonsai plants. Pam has now combined all of her skills and has now written and illustrated the first of a series of humanized children’s Bottle Tree story book. Pam’s website is: http://www.pamelaskuse.com/
Doug Sowerbutts is a Bottle Tree grower and has been involved with Bottle Trees for nearly 20 years and has pioneered the commercial interest in Bottle Trees for propagation and transplanting. Doug’s passion for Bottle Trees began when he was living in Sydney and travelled to Central and South East Queensland for Christmas breaks, where he marvelled at the sheer beauty of Bottle Trees growing in the wild. Doug, with a lot of assistance from Ted his brother, started growing Bottle Trees commercially around the year 2000 at Helidon, west of Brisbane. It has been one of Doug’s dreams for over 10 years to produce a Children’s Story Book characterising Bottle Trees. Now, using the truly artistic and writing talents of his partner Pamela Skuse, this dream has now come true. It is with enormous pleasure and much pride that Doug and Pam offer this incredible book. Doug’s website is: http://www.bottletrees.info/