Adele Earnshaw Biography

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A sixth generation New Zealander, Adele Earnshaw was born in Hastings and lived in Warkworth before immigrating with her family to the U.S.  Her childhood in New Zealand has had a major influence on her work and subject matter.

Adele's paintings have been exhibited at the Natural History Museum in New York and have toured Japan and Sweden with museum exhibitions.   The artist was selected to design the first three stamps for the New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Stamp Program.    In 2000 she was invited to participate in the Eco art Conference and Exhibition in Taiwan where her work was exhibited at the Museum of Natural History in Taipei.  In 2003, Adele was selected as a judge for the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Competition held at the Department of Interior's Fish & Wildlife Service in Washington D.C.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodon Art Museum and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.  In 2002, North Light Publications published a book on Adele's watercolors.  

After working in watercolor for thirty years, Adele now works exclusively in oil.  


Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; 1989-1991, 1993-1997, 2000-2009

Society of Annual Artists Annual Exhibition; 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006

New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Stamps; 1994-1996

Eco art Exhibition, Museum of Natural History, Taipei, Taiwan 2000

American Artists Abroad, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT   2005

Capturing the Wild, Sky Harbor International Airport   2003

Imagine That!  Ironwood Gallery, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ 2004, 2009

Award - Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona, Arizona 2008  

Best of Show, Two-dimensional, Natureworks, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2008

Sedona Plein Air Festival, 2008, 2009

''Small Talk,'' One-person exhibition, Windrush Gallery, Sedona, Arizona 2009

Legacy of the Southwest group show, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, July 2009

''Places I Remember,'' one-person landscape show, Santa Ysabel Gallery, Santa Ysabel, Calif.  2009

''Painting the Things you Love in Watercolor'', North Light Publication by Adele Earnshaw, 2002.  

Permanent Collections:

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Northern Trust Bank, Tucson, Arizona