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Local artist displays work during World Tourism Day

At A single glance you will know at once how gifted this person is as a painter.

Every brush stroke and colour in a creation is a story in itself.

Among Archie Towo’s beautiful work of art that was on display during the World Tourism Day held in Lae this week was a painting of a tree kangaroo.

What’s interesting about this kangaroo painting is that the kangaroo is not just an ordinary kangaroo.

This is an endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo found in the Yus LLG of Kabwum district, Morobe province.

Mr Towo makes it his business to capture endangered and unique animal and plant species in his painting.

With a distinctive perspective of the world around him and a desire to promote his culture and his identity through his artwork, the self-taught Morobe artist has been painting and doing screen printing for more than 10 years.

“I attend events like this to showcase my paintings.

If someone is interested in one of them, they get my contact. I’ve sold some of my paintings online.

My customers are both expatriates and locals,” Mr Towo said.

Some of his paintings include the rare female and male rainbow fish from Wanamensis at Lake Wanam, traditional and modern money, Raggiana Bird of Paradise, giant heliconia, tree kangaroo and leatherback turtle.

Mr Towo is one of the many talented PNG artists who are memorising on canvas the country’s cultures, environment, plants and just about everything that is PNG.