New Zealand Landscape Paintings

Ancient AnchorLake OnokeNgauruhoe to Taranaki

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The New Zealand landscape is I believe interpreted by every person who experiences it differently depending on their individual experience, background and culture. The works here are my interpretation and although the items in each landscape are real I have often moved them. Sometimes it has taken me so long to finish a work due to the weather and time required, especially in the mountains, that plants from different seasons can be seen in the same painting.

 

Ruapehu Footprints

Ruapehu Footprints
Acrylic on canvas 1520mm x 500mm

 

 

 

Mountain Forecast MangatepopoMountain Forecast Mangatepopo
Acrylic on canvas 1020mm x 610mm

 

 

 

Occupied Tidelines

Occupied Tidelines
Acrylic on canvas 1520mm x 500mm


 

 

Ruapehu to NgauruhoeRuapehu to Ngauruhoe
Acrylic on canvas 400mm x 1110mm

Private collection

Here the volcano is seen in spring as the snow melts. To get to this point on the side of Ruapehu I had to choose the weather very carefully as It was about three hours in.

NgaNgauruhoe to Taranakiuruhoe to Taranaki
Acrylic on canvas 510mm x 1510mm
Private collection

One of a series of Paintings completed looking between the mountains of North Island New Zealand.

 

Time ServedTime Served
Acrylic on canvas 555mm x 760mm
Private collection

The remains of the old jetty piles East harbour. The jetty served the quarry and barges which carried the stone to build the foundations for much of the Wellington city waterfront. They are largely now forgotten but refuse to disappear, at times they are more than a metre high and others only a few centimetres as the stones move back and forth.

 

Ngauruhoe RocksNgauruhoe Rocks
Acrylic on canvas 605mm x 1010mm
Private collection

The landscape shows Mt Ngauruhoe from Mt Ruapehu. The rocks in the foreground could have come from eruptions of either Ngauruhoe or Ruapehu and now form part of the outer covering of the volcano. The rocks and mountain are one and the same, it is only our perception of them that separates them.

 

GatekeepersGatekeepers
Acrylic on canvas 560mm x 840mm
Private collection

An access point to the Tararua forest where part of the forest has been drowned by a dam. The dead trees form a symbolic gateway watched over by herons.

 

 

Lake OnokeLake Onoke
Acrylic on canvas 510mm x 1010mm

 

The remains of long dead trees along with stones from the ocean thrown up on a sandbar between lake Onoke and the ocean, no help from man required in this engineering feat.

 

 

Forest BonesForest Bones
Acrylic on Masonite 800mm x 600mm
Private collection

A tributary to the Hutt river cutting its way through the Tararua mountains. A dragonfly rests on wood from long dead trees shaped and polished by the river.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Upstream Akatarawa

 

 

Winter Upstream Akatarawa
Acrylic on canvas 710mm x 450mm
Private collection

This painting was an attempt to portray the cold and ever present water in the winter bush without detracting from the peace and beauty experienced.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking South 1Looking South 1
Acrylic on canvas 510mm x 1010mm

 

First of a series looking south from North Island New Zealand at man made structures and objects on the coast. The old pier pile has been washed up on the beach and then stood up in the sand by some unknown person.

 

 

Looking South 2

Looking South 2
Acrylic on canvas 510mm x 1010mm
Private collection

On this winters day the South Island shows up clearly in the cold clear sky. The ever-present evidence of man along the coast cannot be avoided, in this case a fence is there to stop stock wandering and damaging the bird nesting site just above high tide.

 

 

In Dawns LightIn Dawns Light
Watercolour on paper 750mm x 390mm
Private collection

The broken twig suspended over the bush stream by vines, supporting a spider's web, which holds the dead moth, like a crime scene, evidence of the previous nights events.

 

 

 

 

No Further

 

 

 

No Further
Acrylic on Masonite 790mm x 600mm
Private collection

The last fence post on the fence line that divides undisturbed bush from cleared bush decaying. Hopefully this reflects our changing attitude to our environment and future generations increasing valuing the remaining bush.

 

 

 

New HomesNew Homes
Acrylic on canvas 610mm x 1010mm

 

When the old railway cottage chimneys were built the builders would expect the homes they built to be permanent structures and family homes were thought to be for future generations. Now like the beehives homes are transient and structures are given an expected life at the time of construction, few people consider building a family home with future generations in mind.

 

 

Forest Flame

Forest Flame
Watercolour on paper 730mm x 540mm
Private collection

Painted from a Nikau palm on our section, its gold and orange frond standing out from the rest of the forest just for a brief time before retuning to the forest floor.

 

 

 

 

 

Once a King

 

 

Once a King
Acrylic on Masonite 790mm x 600mm
Private collection

 

 

 

 

Passengers

 

Passengers
Watercolour on paper550mm x 720mm
Collection of artist

 

 

 

 

Empty Nest

 

 

 

Empty Nest
Watercolour on paper 400mm x 280mm

 

 

 

 

 

Frond Farewell

 

Frond Farewell
Watercolour on paper 400mm x 280mm
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plateau

 

Plateau
Watercolour on paper 275mm x 390mm
Private collection

 

The Crossing

The Crossing
Acrylic on Canvas
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

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