Born and raised on a farm at Blyth, Ian Roberts has achieved much for this small town community. He was the instigator behind the Blyth Cinema Program, and now managers this local cinema with a group of volunteers. In addition, he is recognized as one of Australia’s premier bird painters and has his own working studio, Medika Gallery in Blyth. Ian’s earliest paintings were of the seedlings of Eucalyptus species (Gum trees). From these humble studies, Ian has progressed to painting the flowers of eucalypts and other native plant species of Australia and to combining that passion with painting of Australian birds.