A skeletal Maud Island frog with headlamps and calipers


27cm x 22cm (approx 10.5″ x 8.5″)

Acrylic, watercolour and pastel on Arches 300gsm paper

Maud Island is a tiny dot of land in New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds, and an extremely rare and somewhat primitive frog lives there. It’s unusual in many ways, including that its toes are not webbed, it doesn’t have a tadpole phase (froglets emerge fully formed from the eggs) and it lives up to 40 years.
This piece was a commission for a person who studies these frogs, hence the measuring calipers and lamps.