Visions of Zealandia - Solo Exhibition June-Aug 2017
Imagine a verdant valley overflowing with native birds and plants because they're protected from introduced predators; an oasis in a modern city; a chance to reconnect with what we've lost - and you get a glimpse of the Zealandia Vision. In my exhibition at Zealandia EcoSanctuary, I am presenting work from three series that explore this vision: • "Birds of a feather" where the striking and subtle colours of the rare and endangered birds that live at Zealandia are celebrated in a series of painterly portraits. From the shy kākā kura to the stately tūī, each bird is already a work of art. • "Visions of Zealandia" illustrates the struggle for wild birds adapting to living in a modern biophilic city and the vision of taking 500 years to restore the pre-human ecosystem - the length of time it takes for the forest canopy to recover to maturity. • "Flights of fancy" where my imagination takes over and roles are reversed - what would the curious and intelligent kākā parrots do in a post-human world?
2017
Dark & Moody Still-life
My floral still-life art is inspired by the beauty of death, decay, and darkness. The images are dark and moody, heavily textured, and although they evoke feelings of anxiety they also channel hope and perseverance in the face of the inevitable. I enjoy augmenting my wildlife photoartistry, which is my passion, with still-life photoartistry because it gives a welcome counterpoint. In the studio, there is time to contemplate and consider each shot rather than waiting on the vagaries of temperamental birds then snapping into action so as to not miss the shot - a different type of patience and a different approach to photography is needed.
2017
Birds of a feather
My ongoing “Birds of a Feather” series celebrates the beauty of birds, with a focus on the rare and endangered birds of Aotearoa - New Zealand. Each image in the series is available as either a 40 x 40 cm or 50 x 50 cm Giclée canvas print in a limited series of 99. Ten percent of the artist’s proceeds will go to support Zealandia EcoSanctuary.
2017
Photography, Digital Art, Fine Arts
Bay of Many Coves
Inspired by the colours and textures of the ethereal Marlborough Sounds, in Aotearoa-New Zealand
2016
Photography, Digital Art, Fine Arts
Flights of fancy
The urbanization of endangered kākā parrots may be both saving them from extinction and hastening their demise due to new perils in their urban environment. This surreal series explores how kākā may be responding to these challenges when we're not watching.
2016
Photography, Digital Art, Digital Photography
Shades of Zealandia
The birds of Zealandia EcoSanctuary in B+W
2016
Photography, Digital Art, Digital Photography
Galápagos
Wildlife of the Galápagos Islands
2014
Photography
Award Winning Images
Various award-winning images 2014-current
2016
Photography, Digital Art, Digital Photography
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