Noble Land Aroha
gold leaf, acrylic inks, impasto and glazes on canvas
This painting is inspired by the atmospheric beauty and illuminating landscapes of Aotearoa. Right now I feel so much respect for the land and the people and am so grateful to be here, this painting is about that, and not a specific land form as such. The strong horizon line and possibilities of what lies beyond. The taonga and treasure that is this wonderful land we live on is shown with respect and aroha with lots hand applied gold-leaf. The landform glowing differently in whatever way you approach the artwork. The many layers in the water and sky allows a different reading of the painting with different times of the day casting changing light.
About the Artist
Juliet Best celebrates the atmospheric beauty of New Zealand’s coastlines and landscapes with her art. Her paintings often feature highly textured land-forms that are hand gilded with softly glowing gold-leaf.