Introduction

Born Wyndham, Southland New Zealand. Denise has won several awards and has paintings in collections throughout New Zealand and in numerous overseas collections.

Song of the Sounds, 2016
Acrylic on linen
910 x 1220 mm
Diptych
$9,800.00

Musing on disappearing birdsong, Hunter portrays the potential loss of the forest’s most vocal chorister. Tīeke (South Island saddleback) fly only a short distance, yet here, one bird soars magnificently on the edge of Anchor Island overlooking Dusky Sound. With markings extended like a cloak of protection mirroring another with its saddle and wattle dissolving into the clouds.

Richard Henry – Conservation Legend, 2016
Acrylic on linen
910 x 610 mm
$6,000.00

Seeking to honour the legacy of New Zealand’s first government appointed conservation ranger, Hunter depicts Richard Henry absorbed by the Pigeon Island bush and the birds he sought to protect. Like sacred Māori pou, two jetty piles stand as the only tangible remnants of his life on the island. Reflecting Henry’s legacy, an imprint outline of eleven threatened, endangered or vulnerable birds surround him. Inside each bird depicts a part of Dusky Sound. Four birds drink from a waterfall from Pigeon Island which is part of this amazing ecosystem found in the deep south of New Zealand.
Aided by Henry’s knoweldge, the Department of Conservation is continuing his conservation legacy in Dusy Sound.

Birds: Karearea - Southern Falcon, Toroa - Gibson Albatross, Kākāpō – Night Parrot, Tīeke - South Island Saddleback, Matuku–Reef Heron, Mōhua – Yellowhead, Kāruhiruhi – Varius Pied Shag, Kea – Alpine Parrot, Pukupuka – Little Spotted Kiwi and Tawaki -Fiordland Crested Penguin.

Cook’s Bird Song, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
910 x 610 mm
$6,000.00 (SOLD)

With navigator’s sketch at hand, the tricorn of Southern falcons on his head, a Gibson albatross cresting his bib and a brocade of birdlife woven into his frock coat, Hunter represents Cook’s wonder at the avian life thriving in and around New Zealand’s southern shoreline and our concern for these vulnerable species today.

Birds: Karearea - Southern Falcon, Toroa - Gibson Albatross, Kākāpō – Night Parrot, Tīeke - South Island Saddleback, Matuku–Reef Heron, Mōhua – Yellowhead, Kāruhiruhi – Varius Pied Shag, Kea – Alpine Parrot, Pukupuka – Little Spotted Kiwi and Tawaki -Fiordland Crested Penguin.

‘Hallamai Tayo’ (Come here friend), 2016
Acrylic on linen
910 x 610 mm
$6,000.00 

Symbolising Cook’s encampment in Fiordland and his first meeting with Māori in Dusky, Hunter depicts the view of Indian Island looking across Dusky Sound encased in a feathered cloak.
'Hallamai Tayo' (‘Come here friend’), voices Cook, then lays on the rock in front of him one white handkerchief. Forster, Cooks botanist also places his. Two sheets of parchment and a medal are given by Cook. The sailor gives his knife. Then Forster pulls from his pocket a small glass bead. Mementos, all that they had on them that day. Recently a seventeenth-century Venetian blue glass bead has been found on Indian island.

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