Title:  Kōtahi Te Aroha

Artist:  Lorna Tawhiti

Iwi:  Ngāi Te Rangi, Waikato Tainui

Description:  Mixed Media Painting

Materials:  Mixed Media – acrylic paint, ink, stretched canvas

Artist Statement:  Kotahi Aroha (One Love) was painted in Lorna’s studio at home in Ōtaki by the moana.  A full-time portrait, graphic designer and Tāmoko artist, Lorna is a prolific painter of the Kāpiti Coast.

Kotahi Aroha is about ensuring that Matariki is a time of happiness and love to be shared with loved ones and friends as well as paying homage to the loved ones who have passed from this world, Te Ao Marama.  Many are grieving from loss but Kotahi Aroha is what keeps everyone in Te Ao Kikokiko connected to those who have returned to Te Pō.

Dimensions:  900 x 1500 mm


Lorna Tawhiti

Lorna, of Ngāi Te Rangi and Waikato Tainui descent, was born in 1970 in South Auckland. Lorna spent 17 years in Australia from the age of 7, returning to New Zealand with her Ōtaki born husband in 1993. Considering herself an artist-in-training, Lorna spent 30+ years developing her artistic creative style which continues to evolve. Training in Visual Arts, Lorna explored more in commercial graphic art and design. There were two significant ‘pulls’ in Lorna’s life from an early age: to be a tattoo artist and to be a teacher. After spending nearly 20 years as a teacher, she has spent the last three year learning to tattoo. She also set up a business, named May 15 Tattoo, in 2015. She has since combined both graphic and computer art experience to create artworks in tattoo and digital art form. Typically, Lorna’s art has fine lines and feminine details relatable to her inspirations: whānau, te ao Maori, nature, mana wāhine, memories and spiritual themes.


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