Date: 01 February 2021
“We join the rest of the country in mourning the sad loss of Bill and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
“I recall that Bill’s initial inspiration for his famous ‘bird people’ work came on a joint trip with DOC and the Royal NZ Navy to the Sub Antarctic islands in the early 90s where he came across a copy of Buller’s Book of Birds.
“Inspired by the birds in rata trees on Auckland Islands, he went on to create his iconic series so well loved by many.
“We will have this art forever and he leaves us with an incredible legacy, says Lou Sanson."
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