Old Myanmar woman
Portrait of an old woman from Myanmar (Burma).
Graphite pencil drawing.

Portrait of Te Aho-o-te-Rangi Wharepu of Ngãti Mahuta.
A Maori of New Zealand. Done in graphite pencil taken from a painting that Goldie did in 1905.

This art was created for the song Harvest on the album Whakaka.
Here is a snipet of the lyrics : “Christian fellow rise from your bed. Scrape off the mould that’s growing on your head. Lift your quaking, aching small frame and stand. Out there there is a harvest field of man”.

Harvest Woman
This image was pulled from the orginal art harvest as I wanted to make use of a simpler form as well.

Tapu Tahi
The name Tapu means under religious restriction. This image is a depiction of one of the burial methods of the native people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) the Maori. The deceased was placed on a platform in the trees. There the body was left for about a year or less. The flesh would rot away leaving only the bones. The bones would then be gather up and scraped. After they would be placed some where safe maybe in a cave or in the hole of a large tree. Some where were the enemy would not find them.
The body maybe truss up with the knee being strapped up against the body as I have tried to depict here. The urupā (cemetery) came about from western influences.

The name comes from Maori mythology of a giant bird that preyed on people.
In some of these stories the bird of prey kills and eat the humans.
Many believe that these stories relate to the extinct Haast’s eagle, a bird of great strength.

Depicting the simple elegance shape and form of a  Kotuku (Heron).
“The  kotuku or white heron is well-loved by the New Zealand people, but it is rarely seen except by those who specifically seek it out. Its sole New Zealand breeding site near Okarito Lagoon in Westland is well-known and well-protected, but elsewhere it is ‘He kotuku rerenga tahi’ or the bird of single flight, implying something seen perhaps once in a lifetime. When seen in close proximity it is a magnificent bird, with its large size and clean white plumage.”

The Toutouwai (Robin) is a very little bird found only in New Zealand they are very friendly and will come right up to you. Just recently while having a rest in native bush we sat down and this bird was looking all around by our feet for food only a meter away. Its as if they have no fear. Printed directly on to white paper is a lovely little bird. Sometimes simple can be beautiful.

Carrot Woman
Carrot woman saves the village by killing the terrorising wild beast. Carrot Woman started out as a single line drawing on a small yellow sticker given to me from our youngest daughter. It was stuck to my computer monitor for a long time. I have taken that one line drawing idea and have developed it here.

Moa Hunter
Once freely roaming New Zealand the moa bird is now extinct. Fully grown they could reach a height of 3.6 meters and weighed as much as 230 kg. They were preyed upon by the first settlers: the Maori. Depicted is a Maori warrior leaping out from behind cover to strike a moa with his taiaha – a close-quarters staff weapon of around 1.7 m in length and made from either wood or whalebone. Viewers will be taken back in time to a snapshot of the action no photography ever recorded.

Tohunga Matakite
An illustration of occultic practice of early Maori.  A Maori “tohunga matakite” is considered to be someone who divines information about the future or about present events in other places. Maybe the term Shamen would convey the right meaning here because of the demonic connection.  He sits holding a cord tied to a Whakapakoko rākau (God stick) and is connecting to the Atua (deity, demon).  He has over him a traditonal Pākē (rain cape) to keep out of the rain shower.  I have added a goat as a biblical symbol of the demonic element.

Head hunter
This piece of art depicts a Maori holding a decapitated head. In times past Aeoteoroa (New Zealand) was a land fill of violence, where intertribal warfare ended in decapitation of the enemy’s head and cannibalism. This reality carried over with the arrivel of the Pakeha (white man) to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Hei Tiki
Ornamental pendant made of pounamu (green stone). It has the traditional Pāua shell (abalone) eyes. This is very much a prized Taonga (treasure) in maori Society’s.
With a high personal value. The name very oftern is shortened to Tiki.

Horse Dreams
Knowing people who have a deep love and passion for horses was the insparation for this print. Here the young lady is dreaming of her Horse and the prizers she has won.Her dream transforms her room. Also satafaction is laying over her like her sheet

The Sea of Trees
Sadly “The Sea of Trees”( Aokigahara) is a place in Japan where many people go to commit suicide.  The figure in the back ground with a sickle represents death and the Trees have hands that stretch out

Pa kahawai (trolling lure)
In older times the maori would take the lure out to sea. Then the person on the beach would run down the beach, dragging the lure in the water.

This soft doll called Dobbette is the feminine form of Dobbie from the Harry Potter series. It was modelled from one hand made by our eldest daughter. It shows the needle and thread she would work with. Little beads were sewn on for eyes.

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