Cartoonist raises funds for good cause

The second print available, titled 'The Melbourne Cup'.

By Gabriella Payne

We are lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by all sorts of unique flora and fauna – and a group of dedicated volunteers are working hard to keep it that way.

The Mount Cannibal and District Preservation Group are passionate about protecting this special and significant reserve for generations to come, and in a bid to raise funds, they’ve recruited the talents of a famous local cartoonist.

Multi award winning Herald Sun cartoonist and Tonimbuk-based artist, Mark Knight, has gotten behind this great cause and created two limited edition watercolour prints that are available for purchase, with all proceeds going towards the preservation group.

Artistic yet humorous, these two prints capture that iconic Mark Knight style, while portraying two uniquely Australian scenes.

His first work, ‘The Picnic Party’ pays homage to the local environment and its animals – depicting the local fauna enjoying the peace and tranquility of the Mount Cannibal nature reserve.

The second limited edition work hones in on a classic Australian event – ‘The Melbourne Cup’.

This watercolour is based on two aspects of the famous horse race – the competitors on the track and the dolled-up champagne sippers on the sidelines!

These A3 works have been specially created for the Mount Cannibal and District Preservation Group fundraiser and are limited edition signed prints, that can come either framed or unframed.

For more information about how to gain your very own piece of locally created, iconic art – contact Meg Platte at