Nature’s Artist

18 December 2015 – 29 May 2016

The dazzling watercolours of an adventurous and trailblazing Canterbury artist.

Many women in colonial New Zealand society were encouraged to pursue an interest in watercolour painting or indigenous flora, but Margaret Stoddart (1865–1934) translated these amateur accomplishments into a trail-blazing professional career that would flourish over five decades. This selection of watercolours, presented 150 years after her birth, reveals a painter whose exceptional talent and determined, adventurous spirit helped to redefine established boundaries for female artists.