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Sun Shining on the Rain

Original painting Sold, acrylic & flashe on canvas
1160 x 1120mm (including frame), 2016

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"... "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett from the 1911 novel The Secret Garden

Sofia was listening to an audiobook as she often does while painting, and came across this poetic description of spring in the novel The Secret Garden.  The timing was serendipitous as she was working on two artworks of native tui perched in front of yellow springtime kowhai flowers bursting out from a dripping grey watery background. The two parts of the quote have become the titles of the two sister artworks, which both speak of our unique native flora and fauna during springtime here in Aotearoa.

Like all of Sofia's native bird and wildlife paintings, she sees the work as a reminder of our role as kaitiaki or guardians of the natural world.

The forest is a living thing
just as I breathe and live.
Every leaf, every tree,
every insect, every bird,
feels and knows this.
When I enter its domain,
I know I enter the House of Tāne.
- From Maori Natural Lore

Limited Edition Print

You have 2 options for a Limited Edition Print of Sun Shining on the Rain - a CIRCLE or a SQUARE shape. Please select your preferred option below and click add to cart. See images above for examples of both.

Limited edition of 95 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 700mm high x 700mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD).  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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