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Original Acrylic:
"Mountaintop Discovery, Ruapehu"

Three 19th century explorers dicover a hidden outfall from a crater lake high above. This is Mt Ruapehu, a volcano that still lives.

Being up on the volcanoes of the Central North Island Plateau gives one a feeling of being on top of the world.

All around the land falls away - one is literally on the top of the North Island and in good weather there is a bracing quality of light and clarity in the air that is hard to describe, except to say that it is unforgettable.

It is also a fact that New Zealand's position gives it a noticeably bright quality of light.

This image combines realistic detail with an almost symbolic styling that gives a real feeling for the excitement and dangers that face those who first set foot in the world's wild places.

Acrylic on board 25 x 30in.

You can now buy Cards, Giclee Prints and Framed Prints of this work:

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