'Kokako and Kohekohe’ showcases one of New Zealand’s rare birds, the North Island Kokako, 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 Kokako like to feed on.
The artist, Hannah Shand, photographed Kahurangi the special female Kokako at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre where they have done incredible work to help the species. After introducing Kokako in 2007, they now have counted 30 pairs along with 17 other individuals who live over the mountain in the Wairarapa. She also studied and photographed the Kohekoke trees on one of her favourite walking tracks along the Waikanae River.
Edition Size: 80
Image Dimensions Small: 210mm (w) x 297mm (w)
Image Dimensions Medium: 297mm (h) x 420mm (w)
Artist Hannah Shand specialises in detailed animal sketches, with a passion for New Zealand birds.
Hannah's realistic drawings are created using fine tip black ink pens. Skillfully applying different pressures, she carefully renders fine details of the animal's feathers, fur, skin or scars.
Taking inspiration from the abundance of bird-watching spots, bush walks and incredible scenery near her studio Hannah uses her art to showcase the beauty of New Zealand's unique wildlife. She hopes to inspire others to care for our animals and works with local conservation groups to raise money through her art and promoting the work they're doing.
Hannah's work is shown in select galleries across New Zealand.