Niho Taniwha - Te Whare Runganga, my recent painting was inspired from a tukutuku panel from inside the Te Whare Rūnanga at the Waitangi treaty grounds. I’ve visited this wharenui years ago and I must admit, it was the most beautiful wharenui I’ve ever seen. With celebrating Waitangi Day recently, made me remember the beauty of this wharenui.
I made the decision to paint to a similar colour of the original tukutuku panel, which I rarely do... I'm pleased with how it turned out : )