“Te Ataroa” Inspired by and named after a beautiful baby who was only three months old when I saw her. She was born ago to a very proud Maori couple. They had lost a little girl (still born) a year earlier who passed before she could be held in their arms. Te Ataroa was an added blessing. Translated her name means “the long morning”.
Spring 2020 had nearly arrived here in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, and the mornings were getting longer and were nearly as beautiful as that wee baby. The colours were inspired by the pretty little dress Te Ataroa was wearing when I met her. After exhibiting this painting in a group exhibition, The Beauty of Resilience, just as New Zealand emerged from the first Covid lockdown, I gifted this painting to the family.
900 mm x 1200 mm Acrylic on board, framed in Ash by Peter Sharp.