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Jeanette Blackburn - 'NZ Tui in Rata'

The Tuis by Jeanette Blackburn

"NZ Tui in Rata"

An original acrylic and oil painting. Gifted to the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust by a local donor, it comes framed with its original receipt.

Renowned wildlife and landscape artist Jeanette Blackburn is one of identical twins. She has painted since childhood, and has been a professional artist for over 30 years. She paints mainly in acrylics because the minute detail she strives for (such as the fluffiness of birds’ feathers) is best captured in this medium. She then adds oils as a finishing touch to give the 3D effect often seen in her wildlife and landscapes.

“Wildlife painting,” she says “must be accurate”. Following this philosophy, she captures realism in all her works of art.

They remind us of our natural heritage and the beauty of nature in all its glory. Through her art she tries to promote the appreciation of wildlife and conservation of all New Zealand’s natural resources.

Jeanette’s paintings are held in private collections, not only in New Zealand but throughout the world. Her commission list runs into several months at a time, and she rarely has an exhibition as her art sells so quickly.

Jeanette is the recipient of many awards and has judged the Telecom Art Awards. The highlight of her career was the great honour of having her painting “The New Zealand Huia” presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her Golden Jubilee visit to New Zealand in February 2002.

(To see the other art works donated for the benefit of the Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust 25th Anniversary Celebrations, go here...)