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"Painting requires the bravery of solitude. Painting requires disciplined labor. To be a painter is to search the world with a benevolent eye for every subtle beauty that the infinite world offers."
Charles Philip Brooks

Rangiwahia Hut by Julie Oliver

When I was asked if I'd consider painting some outdoor mural works for the Department of Conservation, I thought ‘why not’. I was well ready to paint ‘large’ and outdoors as it really was the opposite of what I was doing, yet in the same business. These were the first of a continuous stretch of works. I enjoy creating these large works immensely, as they are the perfect balance to the detailed work undergone in my studio through a normal week.

All of these murals have a public impact and have been enjoyed by hundreds of people. However, the artwork created up on the Northern Ruahine ranges (featured above), stands out above the rest. Could there be a better location to be working? I think not. This pic was sent to me by a tramper that got a lovely surprise as he headed toward the hut in the early evening.

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