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Nicolas Dillon Drawn to the Wild

Paintings of New Zealand birds

Nicolas Dillon

Nicolas Dillon is one of New Zealand’s leading wildlife artists. With a rich collection of sketches and bird paintings, as well as Dillon’s thoughtful writing capturing his experience of painting in the wild, this book is a heartfelt tribute to New Zealand’s birdlife.



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ISBN: 9781988550169 Product code: 6284 Categories: ,


Nicolas Dillon is one of New Zealand’s leading wildlife artists, who has built a reputation over the last 30 years for his masterful portraits of our wildlife, in particular birds.  His evocative, moody paintings are deeply considered observations of nature and the environment.

At the heart of his practice is drawing in the field.  Using a high-powered spotting scope, he works quickly to capture the living character of the birds he is observing. This book beautifully illustrates his working process by combining many of the drawings and watercolour sketches done directly from life, with finished paintings completed in his studio.

Nicolas Dillon is motivated by a deep yearning to connect with something beyond what he sees.  ‘It’s about an intimacy or a closeness, a feeling for nature that I am trying to put across in the paintings.’

With drawings, sketches and paintings of most of our bird species, as well as text from the author to capture something of his experience of painting the featured birds, this book is a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to New Zealand’s birdlife.

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Weight 1.175 kg





265 x 235 mm




Nicolas Dillon


October 2020

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