Having the Waitakere Ranges as her studio was a great opportunity for Devonport artist Maureen Lander.
She doesn't have a studio at home so the chance to spend eight weeks at Paturoa Cottage was greatly appreciated, she says.
The artist in residence programme was originally set up and funded by the former Auckland Regional Council.
It offers a New Zealander the opportunity to spend up to two months living and working in a regional park and to develop artwork influenced by their surroundings.
Dr Lander is an installation artist creating works for a particular space where the viewer interacts with the piece.
Her works during the residency were inspired by the forest, local people and place names of the Waitakere Ranges.
Dr Lander says her time in the ranges has been inspiring.
"I have met some wonderful people during my stay in Titirangi," she says.
Her parting gift at the end of her residency was a delicate site-specific work that remains at the residency house.
The work is a mantelpiece made of skeletal mahoe leaves stitched to fabric donated by the family who once owned the house.
Some of her work is displayed at the Arataki Visitor Centre and others feature in the Lopdell House Gallery's latest exhibition titled Where Are We? showing until February 13.
Applications from artists, writers, composers and film-makers for the 2011 regional parks artist in residence programme are open until February 18. The selected artist will live and work at either Tawharanui or Mahurangi Regional Park.
Visit www.auckland council.govt.nz/arts for more information.
Bruce Mason Centre, Going Deeper by Brenda Liddiard, until February 28 Lake House Arts Centre, Who's That Girl by Joanne Cunningham, until February 20 Depot Artspace, North Shore Hospice: Our World Today, February 12-24
- North Shore Times