When Betty Muffler first started painting her artwork Ngangkari Ngura she had no idea how many eyes would eventually see it.
The renowned Anangu Pitjantjatjara artist originally started her piece while watching the coverage of the bushfires take hold of the east coast from her home in remote South Australia.
By the time she finished, the artwork - the title of which translates to "Healing Country" - became a piece that not only was inspired by the hope and healing that comes after a bushfire, but also a pandemic.
It was this piece and the other works Muffler completed while she and the rest of the world were in lockdown due to COVID-19 that helped with the healing process.
That is the reason why Muffler's piece was chosen for the cover of Vogue Australia's September issue - the first time the magazine has had an artwork on the cover.
The work was purchased by Vogue and donated to the National Gallery of Australia, which helped with the selection of the artwork.
"The whole concept was to create an artwork around the idea of hope and hope for us you know was that we had to deal with the bushfires at the start of the year and then we went into COVID as well so the work deals with the idea of hope," National Gallery of Australia Wesfarmers assistant curator Aidan Hartshorn says.
"It's the same which with the 26 other covers that Vogue commissioned across the world."
In April, the editors of Vogue met virtually to discuss how they could work together to offer their readers a message of optimism. As a result, the word "Hope" appears on each of Vogue's 26 September issues published around the world, as well as individually selected artworks.
All of the chosen artworks can be seen inside Vogue Australia - as well as the other international editions - including a second piece by Muffler.
"I've been working for a very a long time as a Ngangkari and an artist, and I can't believe my artwork is going to be on the magazine," Muffler says.
"Through my paintings, you can see my Ngangkari work: watching over people and also looking after Country. My Country. This place is very important - we all need to look after each other and respect our home."
Betty Muffler's Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) is now on display at the National Gallery of Australia.
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are integral to the history - and future - of Australia's culture and visual arts scene," National Gallery of Australia director Nick Mitzevich says.
"It is exciting to see a growing international audience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and it is with great pleasure that we could work with an iconic brand like Vogue to showcase Betty and her art on a world stage."