Margaret Tolland is a full-time artist and illustrator residing in Titahi Bay, Porirua. Margaret has been a part of the children’s picture book world for at least 5 years and has gained some great momentum with a series of publications including Fantail’s Quilt, Watch Out Snail, Go Green Gecko and others. Her illustrations led to her being a finalist in the 2012 LIANZA Children's Book Awards and the 2014 New Zealand Post Picture Book Awards. Having recently stepped into full time freelance illustration work, Margaret has included some illustrations for Forest and Bird’s very own ’Wild Things’ publication.
Margaret has a strong and long connection to arts education having worked as a secondary visual arts teacher and educator in an art gallery setting.
During 2019 Margaret Tolland was the artist in residence at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori. This print series is a result of the artworks Margaret painted during her residency, and they were exhibited at New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington.
These eight circular paintings are illustrations seen through the lens of some of the environmental champions associated with Zealandia. The idea of a portrait has extended itself to represent a conservation view with the interests, projects and species that each person is dedicated to working with. Our endemic species have many challenges facing them and these role models for conservation are experienced, dedicated, hard working and extremely knowledgeable.
Each limited edition print is available on Fine Art paper, Hanhemule Photo rag paper for $375, including standard shipping and special flat packaging to ensure your print arrives to you in pristine condition. The edition is limited to 10 prints. There is a variation on print sizing.
‘Amber’ - Freshwater Tuna 535cm x 565cm
‘Therese’ - Totora 560cm x 600cm
‘Kevin and Gill ‘- Manu 550cm x 550cm
‘Cam’ - Tuatara 550cm x 560cm
‘Advait’ - Sea Birds and Pohutakawa 550cm x 550cm
‘Paul’ - Saddleback and Titipounamu 550cm 610cm
‘Pascale’ - Ecosystem 545cm x 550cm