Nelson Suter Art Society

to promote and encourage the cultivation and production of work in the visual arts

Indigo Wise

Indigo is a New Zealand artist and designer based in Golden Bay. Well known for her paintings of New Zealand Birds; including the Karearea (NZ Falcon), Piwakawaka (NZ Fantail), Kereru (NZ Wood Pigeon), NZ Kea, NZ Tui, Pukeko and the Kahu (Harrier Hawk)

Her series of five large NZ Falcon paintings were developed for the Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust, with the aim of increasing awareness, and making a difference to the plight of our only endemic bird of prey. The trust runs an advocacy and breeding program releasing chicks back into the wild.

She donates a significant percentage of the proceeds to the Marlborough Falcon Trust.

"My art is my passion and an integral part of my life. It is a very meditative and healing process, it feeds my spirit. I do not merely want to capture the image with my brushes and pencils; with careful and colourful strokes, I want to capture the essence, the true nature of the subject. I strive with every finished work to breathe life into it. "

Indigo captures her love of nature in a delicate detailed style with her Native American heritage evident throughout her work.

Chief Seattle's profound statement on the environment holds great importance to her.

In 1854, the “Great White Chief” in Washington made an offer for a large area of Indian land and promised a ‘reservation’ for the Indian people. This is an excerpt from Chief Seattle’s reply.




Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. Respect the land. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.

Indigo has work held in private collections throughout New Zealand, in Australia, Scotland, France, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States of America.