Australian Country Homes

The art of life

“I didn’t do it for you,” artist Criss Canning candidly admits as she ushers us into the kitchen at Burnside, the home she shares with her nurseryman husband, David Glenn, in the central Victorian goldfields region. Indeed the display that greets us resembles one of her celebrated still lifes, featuring vases filled with flowers, platters and bowls laden with fruit, and jars and bottles meticulously lined up on the shelves. “David brings me flowers every day,” she adds. “They are so beautiful, it would be unthinkable not to make the most of them.”

Criss and David inherited the bluestone homestead with a 40-acre (16-hectare) property they bought at Avoca in 1991. It took the best part of a year to relocate David’s Lambley Nursery from the Dandenong Ranges to central Victoria, and the house was run down and neededGallery of NSW, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the Cairns Art Gallery and Melbourne’s Artbank, as well as private collections of art lovers the world over.

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