There are some pieces in an artist’s life that have particular gravitas, that are particularly challenging to give birth to, and when they are finally complete, you feel the need to celebrate and share that journey of patience, blood, sweat, and tears as well as inspiration with the world.
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.