Little Spotted Kiwi/Kiwi Pukupuku [Untitled]


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Little Spotted Kiwi/Kiwi Pukupuku [Untitled], Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, New Zealand
Original acrylic painting on cedar framed board
By Michelle Bellamy
400 x 400mm
In progress 2024

Here is a new painting in progress (early stages) that is inspired by the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary and features the Little Spotted Kiwi/Kiwi pukupuku. I have spent much time in this nearly 700 hectare "ecological island” located just up the road from my studio, even before it became a sanctuary. The Waimārama sanctuary is the largest fenced sanctuary in New Zealand's South Island and the second largest in the country. It is the only sanctuary to feature mature New Zealand beech forest and is abundant in beautiful local native fauna. I have included some of my favourites in this painting, the Kawakawa, Kowaowao and more.