Tasmanian landscape artist Val Whatley, whose oil paintings captured the rugged beauty of the state's wild places, has died in Deloraine aged 79.
She has been remembered for dedicating her life and work to raising the importance of protecting Tasmania's wilderness areas.
Ms Whatley played an important role in bringing Tasmania's wild areas, from the Franklin River to the forests of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, to the public's attention.
Last year, her collected works featuring impeccable oil and watercolour paintings were collated for the book, Val Whatley's Tasmania.
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The publisher of that book, Bob Brown, paid tribute to Ms Whatley following her death on Saturday night.
He said her works were vital in showing the beauty of Tasmania's wild places.
"Val captured the spirit of the Tasmanian wilderness in a way which entranced countless others," Dr Brown said.
"She backed that up with an active role in the campaigns that saw some of our wilderness areas protected. We have lost a wonderful advocate for nature."
Valerie Dawn Whatley was born in Launceston in 1941, and was taught by renowned art teacher Alex Szolomiak at Brooks High School.
She went on to have a career of sold-out exhibitions featuring her oil paintings. Her last exhibition was in Launceston last year.
She rafted the Franklin River twice, in addition to the Denison and Lower Gordon rivers. Ms Whatley's paintings were widely used during the campaigns to protect the rivers, which ultimately led to the creation of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in the 1980s.
At the launch of her book last year, Ms Whatley said she was grateful for the knowledge that her work had been appreciated.
"It has made me sit back and take notice and realise what I have done. I think it was just something I did for a living," she said.
"I thought, 'No-one else knows what's there'. So I wanted to do what I could to bring it to ordinary people."
A celebration of her life will be held in Liffey in the coming weeks.