|Medium||Hand-painted on hand-made, recycled paper off-cuts which have been mixed with crushed leaves from cassava plants to give a textured effect|
|Size||Measures approx. 38cm wide by 56cm tall. Hand-made paper measures approx. 25cm wide by 43.5cm tall.|
|Copyright||Images and text © Maria Rova|
|Packaging||This is a large piece of artwork. We carefully package it using styrofoam sheeting either side of the artwork, which protects it whilst in transit.|
Veikau Loa - Leaves of the Rain Forest
Large areas of Fiji’s mountainous terrain are covered in thick, tropical forests – many still virgin. The abundance and diversity of plant life in these teaming jungles provided the inspiration for this painting, which celebrates the variety in pattern, shape, and texture of rainforest plant forms.
This artwork is part of a series of Limited Edition Originals, each painted by hand. A multi-media approach has been used to create “Veikau Loa I”, with the main work done in water-based paint, and details drawn in pigment pen.
“Veikau Loa I” features paper made by hand here in Fiji. Local paper-makers have recycled paper off-cuts and mixed them with crushed leaves from cassava plants to give a textured effect that blends with the theme of the artwork.
The artist, M.W. Rova lives in Nadi, Fiji. Her artwork is inspired by the wildlife and scenery of her tropical island home. The ideas for many of her paintings have grown out of visits to her husband’s village on the ‘Garden Island’ of Taveuni in northern Fiji, where his extended family leads a traditional lifestyle in harmony with the sea and rainforest around them.