Framed birds selected for show

Beth Te Aroha McGill's art could potentially take flight; for one, she paints on feathers and for another, she has been accepted to exhibit at the NZ Art Show in Wellington this week.

McGill's medium of choice for her art is unusual and the images of common and endangered birds that she paints on to them are intricate.

With hundreds of artists from all over New Zealand, McGill is the only artist from Manawatu to be exhibiting.

McGill says it's a surreal experience: "I find it interesting that I spend hours on my own at home doing my artwork in my comfy art gear, then it's like being on stage standing in front of a wall with all of my art complete behind me for all to see."

McGill has exhibited extensively around New Zealand.

She enjoyed painting in detail and capturing the detail and personality of common and endangered birds, she said.

"Each bird is an original, even if I do the same bird, it will be different. I choose the feather to suit the bird shape. Definitely New Zealand birds are a particular interest to me as they are all special and live here with us. But even the blackbirds, goldfinches and sparrows capture my interest. I also paint some of the fauna of New Zealand which go hand in hand with the birds."

McGill exhibited at the NZ Art Show last year and said her experience was really positive.

"It was quite overwhelming with people coming through all the time, especially on the Saturday, which I was told is always the busiest day."

The NZ Art Show has been running for 11 years, selling original and quality New Zealand art at affordable prices.

Hundreds of New Zealand artists exhibit, with thousands of artworks for sale.

McGill said she was looking forward to being there again because it was nice to be part of something run so professionally.

The NZ Art Show at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington runs from Friday to Sunday.

Manawatu Standard