Cattle Grazing by Helene Ilich, circa 1960s-1970s. Helen migrated to Melbourne from Croatia in 1953 with her two children, her husband already having arrived. She had always wanted to be an artist but rarely had the opportunity or parental support to pursue her passion. This continued in Australia but she found a degree of artistic outlet by working in three ceramic studios around Melbourne - Ellis, Isobel (a small independent business) and Guy Boyd's studio which she particularly enjoyed.

In the late 1960s she joined the Heidelberg District Artists' Society and also taught painting at her home. She eventually stopped teaching due to her husband's complaints about the smell, but recommenced after his death in 1992. She continued painting until about six years before her own death on 18 February 2002.

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Framed oil painting depicting cattle grazing in long yellow grass, there are small gum trees dotted throughout the pasture and a small house in the distance. In the distance low purple hills rise out of the grasslands.

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