Nestled in the rolling countryside of Te Awamutu, Joanne Bowe’s creative studio is filled with imagery of the beautiful birds, animals, and plants that the rural town has to offer. You’ll often find her with a camera, exploring the native bush and parks, in search of inspiration. After all, nature and animals play a big part in her creation process.
Using only pencils, she creates delicate drawings that celebrate New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna. With a strong focus on native birds, she is often inspired by Maori Mythology and the spiritual significance of various birds and plants. Her work reflects this with many of her pieces holding a deep spiritual meaning through the use of symbolism.