27/100 . ‘bats’ . glazed BRT clay . New Zealand has only two native land mammals, and they are both bats – the long-tailed bat and the lesser short-tailed bat. They have bodies the size of a person's thumb (5–6 centimetres from nose to tail) and a wingspan of nearly 30 centimetres.
25/100 . ‘no way out’ . 2015 . watercolour on paper . With changes to land formations over time, many longfin eels find themselves locked in, preventing them from making their final journey out to the Pacific Ocean, near Tonga, to breed at the end of their lives. The New Zealand longfin eel is the largest and the only endemic freshwater eel species in New Zealand. Longfin eels are long-lived (can live up to 100 years). They are good climbers as juvenile and so are found in streams and lakes a long way inland.
24/100 . 2017 . ‘double wētā' . mixed media . Wētā have been around long enough to see dinosaurs come and go and to evolve into more than 70 different species, all of them endemic to New Zealand.
23/100 . 1999 . ‘rocky outcrop’ . If you stand at the corner of Commerce Street and Canning Place in Whakatane and look up, there is an escarpment of rock with the most amazing intertwining roots of Pohutukawa (at least they were there in 1999) :)
22/100 . 2013 . ‘balance’ . mosaic on wood . Inspired by the fine line in terms of maintaining a healthy ecosystem and the burning question – how much is too much?
2018 . ‘Tomtit – Miromiro’ . The New Zealand tomtit looks similar to a robin. They are a small bird with a large head, a short bill and tail, and live in forest and scrub.
2004 . ‘kōkako’ . watercolour on paper . another bad image, but all that I have . one of my favourite native birds flourishing in Te Urewera. The kōkako belongs to the endemic New Zealand wattlebirds, an ancient family of birds which includes the North and South Island saddleback and the extinct huia.
2015 . ‘lesser short-tailed bat’ . glazed pottery on wood . The endangered lesser short-tailed bat is an ancient species unique to New Zealand and is found only in a few locations. The greater short-tailed bat is probably extinct.
2015 . ‘Kooked Kōkopu’ . acrylic on board
Ready in 15 minutes . serves 4
250g whitebait (declining)
1 tbs flour
salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
butter (for frying)
Finally - Enjoy before extinct
1998 . ‘All in One Day’ . watercolour on paper . This piece won the ECNZ National Art Award in 1998 . (very poor image but the only one I have)
2014 . Abbots Red Clay . Day 2 of the 100 day project which ran from July 11th to October 18th. Each piece daily used a total of 150 grams of clay, moulded from the initial shape of a small Chinese tea cup.
2014. ‘made to order’ . watercolour on paper . What will happen when there are no more whio, or our little blue duck? Unfortunately, they don’t come with bar codes from which one can re-order as they slowly fade away.
2017 . ''John Dory' . watercolour on paper . 120mm x 85mm . One of my favourite fish to paint - this was Day 22 of the 100 Day Project 2017.
2015 . ‘There’s a Little Black Spot’ . acrylic on canvas
Multiple, cumulative human pressures are causing changes to New Zealand’s oceans, coastal marine habitats, and wildlife – these changes are serious threats to the benefits current and future generations will receive from our marine environment. The top three issues include; global greenhouse gas emissions are causing ocean acidification and warming, native marine birds and mammals are threatened with extinction and costal marine habitats are ecosystems are degraded.
Sourced from: https://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/marine-environmental-reporting/our-marine-environment-2016/new-zealand%E2%80%99s-top-marine
‘chicken pot’ . 2014 . glazed Abbots Red clay . When I first got into pottery, I developed a fascination with chickens – not sure why, but I think it had something to do with all the interesting shapes and features on their heads, including their amazing eyes. This is the first ‘chicken pot’ created. Thanks Bev for all your tutelage and encouragement.
2018 . ‘whakapapa’ . 420mm x 300mm . watercolour on paper . Nothing really ever remains the same. This piece reflects my interpretation in how we have all evolved in becoming who we are. Yet, we are all unique in choosing who we become.
A blast from the past! When I was younger we used to go fishing at the Ohiwa Harbour. There were certain spots which were lined up from landmarks where you anchored the boat and were sure to catch fish. My understanding at the time was that below these specific spots were holes on the bottom where there was an abundance of shellfish for the fish to dine on, hence the title of this work. This piece won the Telecom Art Award for the cover of the Bay of Plenty phone book at that time.
German wasp (vespula Germanica)
Wasps are a major problem in some beech forests where they consume massive amounts of honeydew. Honeydew is produced by a native scale insect and is an important food for native birds, bats, insects and lizards.
Wasps also eat huge numbers of native insects and have even been seen killing newly hatched birds. By eating so much, they upset the natural food chain of the forest.
Seasonally in some beech forests there are an estimated 12 nests, or 10,000 worker wasps, per hectare. This makes the total combined body-weight of wasps in these areas higher than the weight of all native birds, stoats and rodents, put together.
Sourced from: https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/pests-and-threats/animal-pests/wasps/
2015 . ‘Void of Green’ . watercolour on paper
This piece represents a landscape using complementary colours to those you would normally associate with bush, grass and sky, reflecting a space which is empty and destitute.
‘Every night, about 70 million hungry brush tailed possums munch away at our native forests. Possums threaten the health of forest ecosystems with their munching and can cause native forests to collapse.
On top of the damage to native trees, possums also munch on many of our native bird’s eggs, chicks and also native insects. Their hungry tummies threaten the survival of many of our native plants, birds and insects’