This image is a detail of one of my works to be auctioned “Aoraki Gold” featuring an ornately detailed Kaki (Black Stilt bird) wading in Lake Pukaki with Aoraki Mt Cook in the background. Continue reading →
This new oil painting “Aoraki” measures just over 2 metres high x 1 metre wide and was inspired by the land, myths and history of Aotearoa.
Snow-covered Mt Cook stands as a quiet giant with glacial-fed Lake Pukaki in the foreground.
White Mt Cook lilies peek out from the hills of tussock grass and are towered over by a surreal native forest. On closer inspection the forest’s inhabitants are tiny huia birds perched high in branches and soaring pouakai (haast) eagles.
Both of these native bird species are now extinct therefore this painting is a window into an enchanting, primordial world where Aotearoa is still young and the mountains, lakes and birds have only just emerged from the mists of creation.
Look who’s on the cover of the Metropol Magazine for August 2014!! It’s the Kaka bird from my painting “The Kaka is Calling” which is part of the stunning group exhibition now on at Christchurch’s Bryce Gallery until 18th August. Such a thrill to be on the cover of Canterbury’s leading lifestyle magazine, really grateful.