A monarch butterfly in flight fills out the shape of a grand piano.
It’s one of 21 quirky watercolours conjured up by highly-rated Bannockburn artist Alan Waters (right) for an exhibition opening today in Queenstown’s Artbay Gallery.
Waters was one of only two New Zealanders invited to a world artists’ exhibition to mark the opening of a new gallery in England last October.
A former professional clown and pet store owner, Waters says he had an “A-ha moment” 16 years ago “and I’ve been painting full-time ever since”.
“I’m an ideas person – I’ve got thousands. You’ve got to be different.
“There are enough people around to paint the Earnslaw, the lake, the Remarkables and all that stuff – not for this kid,” he says.
Invercargill-raised Waters has a gallery on a Bannockburn mountain top, near Cromwell.
Until his Queenstown exhibition finishes at the end of this month, he’ll be an artist in residence each Saturday at Artbay from 11am till 3pm.