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This website displays the 36 paintings I created in 2011 for the book Taketakerau The Millennium Tree by Marnie Anstis, published by Steele Roberts, ISBN 978-1-877577-68-0.

  The book has received 4 recognitions since publication.

  The Ashton Wyllie Childrens' Book Merit Award - the only award made
      in the Childrens' Books category of the Ashton Wylie Awards 2012;
  Listing in NZ Listener Top 50 Childrens' Books for 2012 - Non-Fiction
      Category (selected from children's books worldwide);
  Listing in the Storylines 2013 Notable Books List - Notable Non-Fiction
  Finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards - Non-
      Fiction Category.

  I have received a personal award as Artist for my work for the book:

  The NZ Children's Art House Foundation 2013 Award to The New Zealand Artist Contributing Most to Children.   This Award was presented by NZCAHF CEO Shona Hammond-Boys at a ceremony in Opotiki on 11th April, and was received on my behalf by the author, Marnie Anstis.

"I really appreciate this Award, because children were instrumental in choosing the winner. All through the work on the book, my main underlying concern was to make the illustrations a treasure house for children to explore, and so this was a wonderful recognition for me! My sincere thanks go to NZCAHF for this wonderful validation of over 12 months' solid work." [Patricia]

Right from the start, this project appealed enormously to me because painting the New Zealand high country and bush has been a passion for years, so working on the book was an extension of my interests in that field.

Here you will find the Paintings, with Artist's Notes, written to explain my reasons for some of the special design features of the works.

I hope you enjoy your journey through these artworks that represent the story of Taketakerau The Millennium Tree - and the story of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Use the Navigation Bar above or CLICK IMAGES BELOW to start your tour!

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The Paintings, Artist's Notes and The Shop

Paintings Feb/Sept 2011

Acrylic on board size 15" x 20".
(382 x 510)


Shop Open 2013

Posters, prints and other products.


About Feb/Sept 2011

About the Artist and the story of the Book.