Beth Te Aroha McGill ARTIST:
Ko Ngati Maniapoto.
Ko Ngati Ruanui ki Taranaki.
Ko Te Rarawa, Ko Te Aupouri, Ko Ngati Whatua, nga iwi
My painted feathers capture the detail and personality of common and endangered birds, plants scenes and trees of New Zealand.
My first exhibition was in 2004.
I completed my Diploma of Art and Creativity (honours) at the Learning Connexion Wellington in 2007.
I have been part of numerous group exhibitions, been commissioned by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for a children’s interactive painted picture, as well as clients in New Zealand and Australia.
I was invited to take part in the Braveheart Youth Trust Exhibition held in Auckland in 2014.
I was also invited to take part in the exhibition called Art in a Garden which is held down in the Canterbury area in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
I’ve been featured in the New Zealand Artist Magazine November/December edition in 2014.
I was selected for the Nelson Art Expo October 2015,2016 for a single wall.
I was accepted for a Solo Artist Wall in the New Zealand Art Show held in the T.S B Bank Arena Wellington in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Born and schooled in Palmerston North.
Wife to Scott who also makes my frames for me.
Mother to Karl and Jordan who are now in their twenties.
I have my dog Pip a Labradoodle and two cats Tia and Lucky Charlie who are constant companions up in my art room.
I’m a hairdresser by trade.
I have always loved detail and more often than not didn’t finish anything that I started as I got lost in it.
I have many sketches from a much younger me showing this.
My feather paintings came about when a friend said to me one day, you love birds you love feathers why don’t you have a go at painting on feathers?
They started small and unframed and whilst getting artwork ready for one of my solo exhibitions I decided to frame three a Tui, a More pork and a Wood Pigeon and it’s taken off from there.