About the artist:
Hannah Shand (www.hannahshandart.com) loves New Zealand’s native birds, and has a fascination with our beautiful and unique flora and fauna. Her other passion is drawing, and she creates realistic and timeless artworks using black fine-tip pens. Combining her passions with her love for the outdoors and photography, Hannah explores remote predator-free islands and bird sanctuaries, and draws inspiration from her wildlife encounters. It’s these precious moments that she portrays in her artwork, capturing each bird’s individual character. She actively works with conservation groups & bird sanctuaries to promote awareness about their crucial work, & raises funds by selling her fine-art prints, as well as donating to, & fundraising for, other conservation groups.
Hannah creates original and commissioned artworks in A4 to A1 size, with each artwork taking two to eight weeks, as she carefully renders the fine details to bring to life each bird’s unique characteristics. Her limited edition A3 size prints sold here are hand-signed/numbered and made in Wellington using the highest quality archival paper, inks and processes.
Here are the descriptions for each of the gorgeous prints available:
Kōkako – "Kōkako and Kohekohe" is an artwork of one of New Zealand’s rare birds the North Island Kōkako, a bird fondly known for its incredible haunting song that echoes through the forest. The bird perches on a cluster of blooming Kohekohe, a native New Zealand tree that the Kōkako like to feed on. Hannah photographed Kahurangi the special female Kōkako at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre where they have done incredible work to help the species. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Saddleback – "Tīeke Aroha" (meaning Saddleback Love) is an artwork that expresses the love a family has for one another. The Saddleback are looking affectionately to one another, with an adult pictured above and a young juvenile below. They are perched on a Kawakawa branch, which the Saddleback likes to feed on, but additionally the Kawakawa has beautiful heart shaped leaves, representing love and the special connection a parent and their child has. Hannah photographed the pair of Saddleback on Tiritiri Matangi Island, a predator-free island off the coast of Whangaparoa. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Fantail – "Tauawhi Pīwakawaka" This artwork is of a very friendly pair of Fantails that Hannah photographed at Kina Beach, Tasman while on a bird watching trip in the South Island. The Maori word ‘Tauawhi’ translates to hug, embrace and support (one another) as Fantails are often found happily, roosting together in cold weather. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm)
Tūī – "Flying Free" The stunning Tūī image was referenced from John Parker (Maddox Photography) who captured the Tūī photo in Kihikihi, where numbers have significantly increased thanks to the ‘Halo Project’ in Hamilton. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm)
Kākā – "Kākā revival" Kākā Revival is an artwork that celebrates the growing population of the Kākā in the Wellington region. The artwork is based on a photograph taken by Hannah at Zealandia in Karori, Wellington. By the end of the 2018/19 breeding season over 1,000 Kākā have been banded by their very successful program. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Hihi – "Rays of sunlight" This artwork is a pair of curious Stitchbird (Hihi) sitting in one of their favourite trees, the Karamu. The Māori bird name Hihi also translates to ‘ray of sun’, which is a nice reflection to the beautiful, bright yellow chest of the male bird (below). The reference photographs were taken by Hannah at Zealandia. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Albatross – "Albatross Landing" The Salvin’s Albatross (Mollymawk) is endemic to New Zealand and its conservation status is unfortunately nationally critical. They are found in New Zealand especially around the Cook Straight during breeding season from August to April, before migrating to Peru and Chile for the remainder of the year. The reference picture was taken by Wellington photographer Janice McKenna in the Cook Strait on an OSNZ Wellington Pelagic Trip. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Price of each print includes packaging and postage anywhere in New Zealand. Please enquire about overseas deliveries.