Beth McGill

‘My love of detail and nature, especially all things to do with New Zealand birds’, flora and fauna, are the basis for my plumose canvases.’

Beth’s painted feathers capture the detail and personality of common and endangered birds, plants, scenes and trees of New Zealand.

Ko Ngati Maniapoto.
Ko Ngati Ruanui ki Taranaki.
Ko Te Rarawa, Ko Te Aupouri, Ko Ngati Whatua, nga iwi

Beth has painted on canvas in oils and acrylic dabbled with basic printing technics and sculptured in Oamaru stone. She has always loved detail and would often get lost in it and wouldn’t finish what she started as detail and perfection would get in the way.
Feathers have taught Beth to be more flexible in her approach to form and flow and that imperfection is normal and beautiful in nature. Beth’s feather paintings came about when a friend said to her one day, ‘you love birds you love feathers why don’t you have a go at painting on feathers? They started small and unframed and whilst getting artwork ready for one of her solo exhibitions on canvas she decided to frame three a Tui, a More Pork and a Wood Pigeon and it’s taken off from there. Beth’s
husband, Scott, makes the frames for her.

Beth has been commissioned by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for a children’s interactive painted picture and been a part of many exhibitions and featured in magazines.