Sir Edmund Hilary - Artist's Gallery
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things -- to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it."
- Sir Edmund Hillary
I always knew of Sir Ed, a legend of epic proportions, a New Zealand icon; a craggy, taciturn, emphatic presence. One of the few individuals to equal or eclipse the All Blacks as an inspirational focus of New Zealand’s national character. We would catch up for coffee; city dwelling artist and polar explorer. I had a few good yarns to tell, Ed had a lifetime of adventures.
As a New Zealander, a portrait artist and a friend of Sir Edmund Hillary, I gained immense pleasure from each and every painting I did of him. Each new facial line or freckle told a story of Ed's incredible adventures at the top of the world.
If you are interested in purchasing original Sir Edmund Hillary paintings, high-quality giclee prints, or to commission Craig to create a unique painting for you, please contact him directly.