Once thought to be extinct the takahē has clung to existence despite the pressures of hunting, habitat destruction and introduced predators.
In 1948 it hit world headlines when an Invercargill doctor, Geoffrey Orbell, rediscovered the bird high in the tussock grasslands of the remote Murchison Mountains, Fiordland.
Rachel Walker has captured the colourful plumage of this large bird ranging from its iridescent dark blue head through to its turquoise and olive green wings and back.
Edition Size: 100
Dimensions: 300mm (w) x 448mm (h)
Napier born artist Rachel Walker (aka Walkerillo) can count living and painting in rural France and London, designing illustrations for the Royal New Zealand ballet, and taking tea in Bilbo Baggin's kitchen among the highlights of her career so far.
Rachel graduated from Massey University in 2008, coming away with a design degree. While her degree leads her into a career in graphic and textile design it wasn't long before long she returned to her childhood love of hand-drawn illustrations.
Currently painting within the theme of animals, extinction and evolution Rachel works mainly in watercolour, ink and stencilled spray paint.