'Kākariki karaka' oil on canvas, 2018.

$1900 framed

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'Kereru over Portview Cres', oil on canvas, 2017.

$1600 SOLD

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Northern royal albatross, painting, Maryanne Shearman

'Toroanui', oil on canvas, 2017. 

SOLD in the Kaitake Kindergarten annual art auction ‘Art on a Plate’.

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Albatross painting, Oakura, auction

Toroa (or Northern Royal Albatross) are significant birds symbolically and of course ecologically. Parihaka carries an amazing story of an albatross visit to the Pa in the 1800s. Next time you're there, ask someone with grey hair about it!
I love the strength and resilience of this bird- they spend 80% of their 42 year life span out at sea. They are a picture of trust, endurance and ‘royalty’ as their name implies. The damage being done to this species because of our plastic usage is tragic. On many levels, this 'manu ataahua’ is worth our respect and attention.