Artist Adele Earnshaw

An example of fine art by Adele Earnshaw

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A sixth generation New Zealander, Adele Earnshaw was born in Hastings and lived in Warkworth before immigrating with her family to the U.S. Her childhood in New Zealand has been a major influence on her work and choice of subject matter. In 2012 Adele returned to New Zealand where she lives in the Bay of Islands.  
Adele's paintings have been exhibited at the Natural History Museum in New York and have toured Japan and Sweden with museum exhibitions.The artist was selected to design the first three stamps for the New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Stamp Program. In 2000 she was invited to participate in the Ecoart Conference and Exhibition in Taiwan where her work was exhibited at the Museum of Natural History in Taipei. In 2003, Adele was selected as a judge for the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Competition held at the Department of Interior's Fish & Wildlife Service in Washington D.C.
Adele is represented by galleries across the United States. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Her book, Painting the Things You Love, in Watercolor, was published and released by North Light Publications in 2002. After being known as a watercolorist for twenty-five years, Earnshaw switched to oil ten years ago and continues to paint exclusively in that medium. From her home in the port of Opua in New Zealand's far north, Adele is still painting birds and other wildlife but influenced by her surroundings, the sea, boats and seabirds have become a major focus.