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Janet Marshall – New Zealand Native Birds

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Janet Marshall – Biography

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Janet Marshall

I am a New Zealand artist specialising in birds, botanical and portrait paintings.

I have been painting professionally since 1970, when I illustrated 3 x Field guides to NZ birds. These were followed by a series of Limited edition reproductions through the 1970-80s.

I have had my work represented on 13 NZ Post stamps, including the 2008 Game Bird Habitat Stamp.

I have written and illustrated 10 books, including a garden diary called Images of a Garden, and 5 children’s books, which include a NZ ABC with pictures and poems called K is for Kiwi.

My work has been represented in many other publications, including books, magazines, stationery etc.

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I am a regular exhibitor at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts and a finalist in many awards exhibitions in NZ, including the NZ Adam Portraiture awards.

In 2006 I built and published online KIDS FOR BIRDS, an interactive website on birds for children. This site includes many pictures and art resources for children to print out and use. KIDS FOR BIRDS can be accessed through my website at: http://www.janetemarshall.co.nz/kids

For as far back as I can remember I wanted to be an artist. My love of nature lead me to portray birds and flora, starting in the late 1960s through to today.

I paint in a realistic style. This method of painting has opened many peoples eyes to the detailed beauty of nature, something that most people do not see. When they see this detail in a painting, people tend to look closer when they look again at a plant or bird.

2009 has been a time for plants to paint and I am currently in the process of painting a series of NZ Flower Fairies.

Please enjoy my work.

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Janet Marshall – New Zealand Native Birds

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Fantail on Pohutukawa

Fantail on Pohutukawa – Gouache on board – 250 x 200 mm

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Australian Princess Parrot

Australian Princess Parrot – Gouache on board – 900 x 700 mm

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New Zealand Pied Fantail and flax leaves

NZ Pied Fantail and flax leaves – acrylic on canvas – 600 x 450 mm

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New Zealand Honey eater

New Zealand Tui on Kowhai flowers – Gouache on board – 400 x 300 mm – NZ Honey eater

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New Zealand Pied Fantail on New Zealand clematis

NZ Pied Fantail on NZ clematis – Gouache on board – 400 x 300 mm

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New Zealand Bush Falcon

NZ Bush Falcon – acrylic on canvas – 600 x 450 mm

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New Zealand Kokako

Kokako – acrylic gouache on board – 1100 x 750 mm

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Janet Marshall’s Art Gallery
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30 Responses to “Janet Marshall – New Zealand Native Birds”

  1. Evoltage says:

    I am blown away by how detailed these paintings are. I mean some of those birds look like they were pictures! WOW! The artist looks like shes quite famous too, shame I have never heard of her before…. Keep up the great work.

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  2. Ed Klasa says:

    I had to look twice to be sure a couple of these were paintings and not photo’s!

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  3. Nezka says:

    They sure look alive.

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  4. Karla Deacon says:

    These birds are just BEAUTIFUL! I love the way each one fits in with the particular background they are in and part of. I find them so real yet also so fanciful as if they are “fairytale birds”, each with it’s own message that stirs the emotions.

    Lovely!

    Thank you for sharing such excellent and touching work,
    Karla

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  5. Janet says:

    Thank you everyone for taking the time to look at my work. I do appreciate your comments.
    I am so glad Karla, that you see what I always hope to put into my paintings. I have always felt one with everything, down to a blade of grass a mountain, and have tried to illustrate the beauty of nature and the endless tiny worlds within worlds that are there for us all the time, but which many are unaware of.
    There is a stillness in these worlds that enhances life for all who see them.
    Namaste, Janet

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  6. Your paintings are absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful idea and interest!

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  7. CT Michael says:

    Absolutely beautiful, especially “Bush Falcon”

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  8. Naresh says:

    Paintings? Got to be joking! They are so good… looks like real life photography… the details, unbelieveable ! A treat to watch and yes, I was transported from this world of concrete jungle to the beauty of nature.. in far far away New Zealand.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful paintings with us !

    Naresh

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  9. Doroteja says:

    Beautiful paintings. Though, as many have pointed out, they are so realistic they could be mistaken for photography. The work is beautifully detailed, but my favorite part is the rich and vibrant colors. It seems that every time I look through them again I find something new, some hidden detail that enhances the entire picture. As simple as the scenes may seem the paintings are very complex. Obviously this beautiful work is a national pride.

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  10. angelina says:

    Thank you so for the beautiful painted birds I enjoy it.

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  11. Ruth Read says:

    Your paintings of the birds are stunning! I love the flowers they share the canvas with also. What a treat to be able to see this. Thank you
    Ruth

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  12. Nancy says:

    You stir a desire in me, to visit your homeland. The colours and details are spectacular and a joy to experience. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

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  13. Janet says:

    Thank you Nancy and I know New Zealand would love to see you as well.
    Thank you to everyone else who have written such positive comments.
    Namaste to you all, Janet

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  14. Brittany says:

    Janet,

    I love your paintings! Your birds fondly remind me of my grandmother’s home as a child, which was full of bird activity in the courtyard. Although they are not the same birds, it still gives me a warm feeling.

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  15. Peter says:

    I am amazed by the amount of detail that these paintings of birds exhibit! The birds really look as if they have individual feathers, just like in real life. I also like the variety of birds that appear in the paintings and how they are so perfectly presented in their natural environments. The variety of angles are nice too and capture the birds both in flight and at rest. Just looking at these beautiful birds provides me with a sense of peace.

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  16. anand says:

    A man who is in deep pressures and tensions can see these paintings for some relaxation.Some of the paintings are looking as if they are real pictures.Really it is great work.

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  17. nate says:

    These works are truly one of a kind. What I’m referring to is how touches of darker hues in some of the paintings and lighter misty-like noise give the paintings depth and make them amazingly lifelike. They make one want to get out and enjoy the marvels of nature.

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  18. Suzette says:

    Wonderful detail & colour. Thank you for sharing them.

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  19. Pete Hughes says:

    Stunning, Janet. Thank you for brightening our day. :-)

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  20. lynley says:

    If only they could hear the wonderful songs of these truly beautiful birds – I do – and they bring me such peace….Lynley from New Zealand!

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  21. This is absolutely beautiful art, so familiar and lovely to see the Tui and the Pohutukawa in bloom.
    Arohanui
    Stephen

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  22. Traci Rohm says:

    There’s a true understanding of the beauty of birds in your work.The Pied Fantail & the Bush Falcon are my favorites.I also really like the Tui on flax in your gallery site.The red sings on that piece!You seemed very comfortable with & skilled in acrylics.I love your appreciation for nature.They’re great!Thank you!Traci

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  23. annette henry says:

    Hi Janet
    I work at The Correspondence School and am Team Leader for the Tui Team. I really love the illustration of your Tui and wondered whether I would be allowed to use it at the school?

    Can you please let me know?

    Many thanks
    Annette

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  24. Hi Janet,

    Love your paintings, keep up the great work!

    Dave Jenkins

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  25. Mark says:

    Impressionist, abstract and other areas of painting all have their place, but I find that realistic paintings catch my attention most and I can marvel both at their detail and how the artist captures the realism (skills which I have never possessed). These are wonderful examples, thank you.

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  26. stunningly beautiful! thank you for showing us your meticulous genius!

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  27. Debbie R. says:

    My heart melted when I viewed your paintings. I love birds and I have been interested in nature since I was a child. It is a shame that I live in Canada and you in New Zealand as my town’s Natural History group would love to have you bring your artwork to one of our meetings. Keep practicing your amazing gift.

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  28. Molquito says:

    Awesome!

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  29. Andy says:

    Lovely. Up there with Ching. Thanks XX

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  30. Harry says:

    Hi Janet, your paintings say it all – you are truly one with nature. The beauty reflected in the paintings is beyond words – I am deeply moved. Thanks for sharing and I wish you much happiness and continuing success.
    Namaste

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