pt 5: Black Skiing; The descent

pt 5: Black Skiing; The descent

Under-lying the euphoria of the summit is the growing realisation that the uphill may have been the easy part. The downhill is no fun-park ride either.  Whilst beautiful, it is too exposed and cold to linger long at the summit and almost immediately we commence the...
Beneath the Surface – cultural Identity

Beneath the Surface – cultural Identity

Continuing the series of paintings I completed in Rotorua at the Artists residency. This is a series of two works in the iconic Rotorua Government Gardens showing the influences on the area. In the first painting I focus on the colonial times dating back to the early...
pt 4 …The Summit

pt 4 …The Summit

On the long uphill grind, I notice that the distance markers seem to be slowing down. We then realise after walking for 2-3 hours we have only covered 7 kilometres. It’s tough going and when it seems we are resigned to the uphill never ending; we see a cairn…....
pt 3…The Ascent

pt 3…The Ascent

  As we set off the only sounds are the crunch crunch of boots and poles on the gravel path. Whilst the sun is over the hills beyond, there is still a few remnants of whispy clouds hanging around in the folds of the mountains and foothills. The path snakes off in...
pt 2…Trepidation

pt 2…Trepidation

    The morning of the walk dawns and whilst there is low cloud it is going to clear and be a great day – we are reliably informed by our local hosts. We emerge from our rooms for breakfast and then to the kitchen to pack up our lunches. Less garrulous than...
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