Awakening is a personal response to the 2020 bushfires that devastated Australia. It made me even more aware of the fauna and flora as well as human life that we lost through this tragedy. The subject matter is based on my daughter’s sanctuary in the Chittering Hills of Western Australia. She rescues traumatized wildlife, rehabilitating them and releasing them into the wild once recovered. The billabong was hand-made to provide water during the harsh summer months for the threatened species that inhabit the area, including Carnaby Cockatoos. The flora and fauna depicted can be found on the 20 acres of virgin bushland.