Drawn to Rainbow Beach

I am drawn to Rainbow Beach as this is where you get to ‘sea’ the beauty in nature. I have always been drawn to the ocean and I have been visiting Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island since I was 5 years old. Rainbow Beach is like nowhere else as it’s where the coloured sands meet the blue of the sea and sky and it’s my happy place and where I can always get my Vitamin Sea. As a marine scientist, artist and author/illustrator I want to showcase, celebrate and  illustrate the beauty of this special place from the bush to the beach and out to the big blue of the ocean. Through my visual storytelling and artworks I want to draw attention to this special place in the hope that others will also ‘sea’ the beauty in nature.

Below is a photo history of my times enjoying and exploring the Cooloola coast to show you why I’m so drawn to Rainbow Beach. I will also share my illustration journey here and why this little coastal town provides me with so much illustration-inspiration! In the future I also hope to carry out activities that help children and the community connect to nature through storytelling and artworks. So stay tuned for updates in 2020!

You can also dive into my love of Rainbow Beach via my new Instagram page @drawntorainbowbeach.

Why I’m so drawn to Rainbow Beach

Early days at Rainbow: below are photos of me at Rainbow Beach taken about 40 years apart! The first photo is of me and my sisters standing on top of Carlo Sandblow in 1985 (…and yes that is me on the left). The next photo is taken almost 40 years later where I’m once again on top of Carlo Sandblow!

Bush: I love exploring the bushland of Cooloola as it always brings me back to the sea!

Beach: My happy place is certainly being by the sea, nowhere else I would rather be! From exploring the shallows of the intertidal zone and rock pools along the coastline to sitting back on the beach taking in the waves of beauty, this ‘shore’ is the place to be!

Bush to Beach: Whether its from the air, from on top of Double Island Point or from the sea I just love the way the seascape and the landscape meet somewhere over the Rainbow!

Underwater wonders: and what lies beneath the sea is always something to behold. There is so much colour and diversity underwater and I can’t wait to ‘sea’ more of it!

My illustration inspiration: as a visual artist and Author/Illustrator (“Authorstrator”) I spend a lot of my time drawing, writing and illustrating right here from Rainbow Beach. For example, my children’s Picture books are all written and illustrated at the beach. You can ‘sea’ why I love this office view, there is just so much illustration inspiration here!

In the news

It was wonderful to ‘sea’ the below story featured in the local community newsletter about my love for Rainbow Beach and how it inspires my ocean storytelling. You ca ‘sea’ the article at https://issuu.com/heat1870/docs/rbcn_december_2019


Coming in 2020…
It is my hope that in 2020 I will be able to expand upon my visual storytelling at Rainbow Beach to carry out activities that will help children and the community connect with nature. I have some great creative ideas and I hope to share these here soon, so stay tuned!

For now, just picture yourself sitting here where you will always ‘sea’ the beauty in nature somewhere over the Rainbow!

All images and artworks are protected by © to Dr Sue Pillans 2019. Acknowledging Dr Richo for the wonderful underwater images shared here.