Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

About the Artist

With Mazza, a 6-month-old cub from Orana Park, NZ.Art has always been my passion, along with wildlife, nature and travel. For as long as I can remember I have sketched and drawn animals. I started working as a professional artist in 2009 and mainly work with two very different mediums; Pastel & Scratchboard. 

I love the drama aspect of working in monochrome with Scratchboard, and the degree of detail I can achieve to depict birds and wildlife in representational artworks. I also very much enjoy Pastel as a medium, because of its softness & blendability, quite the opposite to wielding a scalpel blade! 

Rarely without my camera, I use photography (and photoshop) as an integral first ‘drawing’ stage for my art. 

I enjoy visiting predator-free islands and bird sanctuaries, and often spend many hours capturing our wonderful native birds for reference material. 

Residing at Rarangi Beach, Marlborough, the seabirds, kotare and karearea are frequent visitors. I enjoy being able to support wildlife causes through my artwork, and commissioned wildlife paintings have a percentage donated to a wildlife or conservation cause (of choice). 

• First Prize, Hope & Sons Award, Dunedin with "Aperture" pastel potrait 

• Supreme Award 2013 Impressions Nelson Art Awards “Lace Moko III” (pastel) 

• Runner Up & Peoples’ Choice, Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards 2016 with “Okarito Kotuku” (scratchboard) 

• Merit Award, Tasman National Art Awards 2019, “Back From the Brink” (takahe scatchboard) 

• Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA) 2014, juried in by the ISSA (International Society of Scratchboard Artists) 

• Distinguished Member - Artist Honorary Award with PANZ (DPANZ) 2020 - Pastel Artists of New Zealand

Pictured left at Kaikoura Huttons Shearwater colony

Pictured right with "Boss... Incoming" pastel painting 

You can find a selection of my original paintings, prints & cards at:-
Eden Gallery, Rapaura Road, Blenheim
Raukura Gallery, High Street, Picton
Bryce Gallery, cnr Riccarton Road & Paeroa Street, Christchurch
Zealandia Eco Sanctuary, Wellington
Waihi Beach Gallery, Waihi


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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