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2024 Scholarship Recipient - Shiobhan Cox

My ideas behind my paintings was to bring awareness to the extinction of native birds in New Zealand.

I chose the Huia because it is already extinct. I chose the fantail as I took inspiration from the meaning in Maori culture.

I used a variety of artists as inspiration within my paintings, such as Franz Marc, Shane Cotton , Fiona Pardington and Alex Pardee.

I wanted to create an environment that captured the sadness that the birds feel within the story of my paintings. It was important to keep the form of the birds as real as possible and I learned along the way on how to bring the emotion from the birds to life and to the people that see my work.

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