The Journey Te Raeakiaki
Size: 126 x 80cm
Medium: Gold leaf, acrylic inks, impasto and glazes on deep canvas (6.5cm), ready to hang.
Te Raeakiaki translates as the place where the sea crashes, it is also name also used for Pencarrow Heads in Wellington. New Zealand has many cliffs and strong beautiful horizon coast lines with strong sea presence. The atmospheric beauty and illuminating landscapes are 'memory jewels' of Aotearoa. They all come out in a painting like this, an immense amount of reverence and respect for the land, the sea and the skies we get to call our own here in New Zealand - the taonga and the treasure of this land.
The landform glowing with gold-leaf differently in whatever way you approach the artwork. The many layers in the water and sky allows a different reading of the painting with different times of the day casting changing light.
This painting is on display at Ora Gallery, 23 Allen Street, Wellington.