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he high calibre of art

available to us on the Coromandel

always makes the selection of just one for the cover quite

difficult. For the Spring issue of

Coromandel Life

we searched

for months to find art that would represent the beautiful inland

area covered on our

Road Trip – Thames to Waikino


There seemed to be few painters tackling the drama and might

of the Karangahake Gorge, but then we ‘struck gold’ when we

found artist Jacquie Ellis. There were the paintings we longed to

see – of the Gorge, the rivers and the Owharoa Falls at Waikino

(see page 36), and we realised she actually lives in the Gorge. It

must have been fate – when I rang, Jacquie told me she had just

picked up and admired the current

Coromandel Life


and was stoked to be considered for the cover.

We would have been happy with several of Jacquie’s paintings

for the cover, and so now we had too much of a good thing.

Which image to choose? We selected the the placid river scene

with the shoreline trees just starting to bud – the perfect ‘Spring’

painting. “The place I painted this picture was down from the

River Road Lodge property – private land – ”, she explained,

“and unless you are a local or staying there, it is inaccessible.

“The water was actually very low, which is quite unusual for that

time of the year as often we have flooding down the river. Every

day I walk my lovely dog Carson there to watch the ducks. And

we often go trout fishing.”



“Springtime on the Ohinemuri”, our cover art, was painted in this

favourite spot of Jacquie’s near her home studio in Karangahake.

Dog Carson often keeps her company.

Cover Artist




rtist Charlotte Giblin

joins our trek again

with charming acrylic paintings and

musings that have adorned all of our Road

Trips. This time Charlotte tackles sights

along the Hauraki Rail Trail, the



cruise, a famous Paeroa landmark, and the

quaint railway station at Waikino near the Karangahake Gorge.

Charlotte has been doing large works recently, such as three

1950s retro murals for St. Andrews Shopping Village in Hamilton.

Much of her work is now commissions, with the most recent

favourite motif – the beloved family bach, beach tractor or boat.

Follow Charlotte on Facebook to keep abreast of her art classes

and artistic antics or visit

Buy prints,

cushions, and original works online or at Mosaic Gallery in

Whitianga and Beach Habitat in Hahei.

Coming soon is Charlottes’s new book of her Road Trip style

paintings and musings (with bonus images),

Wandering Under

Big Skies:

The Coromandel Peninsula through the Eyes of an


Our Road Trip artist...

Tovi Daly


permanent artists

original works available year round

Bread &Butter Gallery

and on


26 Albert St, Whitianga • P: 07 8664927

Fine Art Painting, Ceramic, Glass and Sculpture

selected from 60+ NZ artists

Check website for available works and exhibits

Michael D. Smither

Mieke Van Dam

Ginny Deavoll

Ingrid Boot

Aaron Scythe

Nick Fedaeff

Jacqueline Elley



Erin Simpson

Mike Cogswell


...nestled in the Karangahake Gorge

on River Road. Set by the tranquil

Ohinemuri River, her gallery is open

daily or by arrangement.

Meet Jacquie and enjoy her broad

range of original paintings – oil,

acrylic and spraypainted – plus fine

prints on canvas or paper, cards,

tiles and polished river stones.

Commissions of your favourite scene

or holiday spot are available.