The current artworks of Canterbury Artist Rhonye McIlroy represent the Historical Harriet Affair 1834, a story that has a pivotal place in New Zealand history. It has been referred to as one of the catalysts leading to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
A gripping story that would fire the imagination of any creator while offering a lifetime of inspiration, for Rhonye, it’s also very personal. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Guard- the first woman of European descent to settle in the South Island was her great- great- great- grandmother.
Rhonye tells the story of her ancestors with her unique paintings, drawing you in and seeking to provoke conversations. Sometimes intense confronting works that pose many questions. Her finely detailed acrylics have received praise and recognition worldwide.