entered the Wallace Gallery portrait contest,
a premier opportunity for New Zealand's top artists to paint a
recognisable figure who is representative of New Zealand.
What better than our own movie industry hero Peter Jackson who
had just won global accolades for his amazing Lord of the Rings
While Paula didn't win the contest she got just about as much
media coverage as the winner with her to life representation of
Peter Jackson which appeared in major city newspapers the
DominionPost and the New Zealand Herald.
Peter himself even commented through his secretary that he was
most impressed with Paul's portrait of him.
Novak (Istra) meets Helen Clark
the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Peter Jackson portrait opened a few doors for Paula.
The Waitakere City Council
agreed to hang the painting in its foyer and when
it was delivered mayor Bob
Harvey saw it and had an inspired moment.
He commissioned Paula to paint a portrait of
Dallow who was a prime mover behind the construction of the
city's new sports stadium which was about to open in two weeks.
So within that two week period Paula had to complete the largest
painting of her life - a x by x canvas which not only including
Mr Dallow but also the stadium itself which was still being
completed at the time.
The painting was completed the night before, delivered on the
morning of the opening and unveiled by Prime Minister Helen