About the artist.
MFA painting SFA, University of Canterbury 2010
Consideration to the wellbeing of our indigenous plants and the natural environment, and more recently, researching the naturalisation of New Zealand’s indigenous plants in other countries, as well as looking into naturalisation of European and other nation’s plants here in New Zealand, have been factors that have informed what I paint.
An important part of my practice and inspiration involves simply being outdoors and observing –
Walking or tramping trips are good for seeing native plants. Time spent in the natural world has greatly influenced and increased my respect for the land and forest ecosystems.
For this painting, ‘Te Nehenehe Kahurangi ‘ The Blue forest’, I wanted to represent a range of our plants and trees and bush that are endangered, threatened or declining species, and also to show their beauty.
The found furnishing fabric with leaves was a suitable background for my painting of these New Zealand taonga species, consisting of two rakau rangatira above, including the Matai at top left, the two bushline endangered plants below, and at center, two of many endangered native Myosotis ( native NZ forget-me-nots) growing from the Southern Alps to the West coast. At top right is the kauri threatened by kauri die-back – and at the bottom the kowhai ngutu kaka, and the poroporo.
The podocarp Matai while not endangered is said to be in decline. On the coast there is one Matai tree said to be 1000 years old near Lake Ianthe ( Lake Matahi )