Castle Rock (Motutere)

Ginney Deavoll
SKU: 12112
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Castle Rock

Acrylic on Canvas.

275 x 275mm

Castle Rock is a prominent peak in the Coromandel Range that lies 8.4 kilometres south-east of Coromandel town, north of a 532 metres (1,745 ft) peak also called Motutere and south of an unnamed 573 metres peak in the headwaters of the westward-flowing Pukewhau Stream.

The mountain is a volcanic plug made from remnants of solidified magma, the softer surrounding rock having been eroded away.
Motutere means "floating island" a name bestowed by Ruamano, a descendant of Tama-te-kapua. Māori explorers of the area tended to travel along the hill ridges, so avoiding the thick vegetation in the sheltered valleys. Once dusk came they would seek shelter in order to avoid the patupaiarehe who they believed inhabited these hills. The summit of Motutere would be eschewed after dark for this reason.

In 2018, the name of the peak was officially gazetted as Motutere / Castle Rock, to incorporate its original Māori name

"Through my work I endeavour to share the awe I feel when experiencing the natural world. I feel an obligation to express my gratitude for our remarkable backyard while also raising awareness of the challenges it faces. My adventures into the remote and wild places of our unique country fuel my imagination and I return brimming with stories to cover my canvases with. I paint with acrylics in vibrant, bold colours using a technique similar to watercolour's. Most of my work is realistic with a twist of the surreal." - Ginney Deavoll

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