Oil painting of a woman suspended in air with hawk hood and feathers

140 x 120cm,
Oil on Linen, 2015

Harking back to lofty heights as the fifth painting, the perched Kārearea acts as an expansion on Light Touch. Again the hood limits vision but not all faculty and this raptor is strong and able. Whereas Tūī employed a circular motif, this painting utilises an open wing motif among the spread arms, décolletage and hood pattern, even the hip line swoops downward in a streamlined motion punctuating an inky black void to ground the image.