Arohaki (New Zealand Falcon/Karearea) original illustration by Maria Elizabeth
Molotow blackliner pen on paper
43cm x 43cm, framed with circular black matt
“This illustration is of Arohaki, a male Kārearea, based at the Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust in Rotorua (2022). I took the reference photograph during the flight of the falcon display whereby the dexterity and speed of these incredible birds is on full display. These impressive birds can fly at speeds exceeding 100kms/hr and seeing them in action was a special experience. I hope that I have managed to capture Arohakis power and grace reflecting how important these birds of prey are to our history and future going forwards.” Maria Elizabeth
10% of the profits from the sale of this piece will go back to the conservation efforts of the Wingspan charity.
Maria Elizabeth is an artist who has lived in the northern Wellington Suburbs for a number of years. Originally trained in Graphic Design, she started illustrating during the covid lockdown of 2020. Maria experimented with both colour and ink pens but eventually decided to concentrate on monochrome imagery. The Molotow blackliner 0.05mm pens she uses allow for highly detailed illustrations with depth and personality. Her illustrations utilise her own photography, reflecting her love of the native fauna and flora of New Zealand.