ellaquaint / Lizzie Thomas
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Pakeha
ellaquaint is an artist who is inspired by our natural environment and the taonga/treasures that dwell within it. She aims to capture something of the wairua/essence of the manu/birds and creatures that feature in her work; their personalities often evolve throughout the process of painting. Exaggerating survival features is a key component of ellaquaint’s detailed style as she aims to assist her wild subjects to survive in an uncertain world. Playing with the intrinsic qualities of materials is an integral element of her work. Her work features in collections both within Aotearoa and internationally.