Ms Sandra Morris, of Whanganui, ONZM for services as an illustrator and to education
Sandra Morris worked as an illustrator and art editor for school publications and Māori language journals in the 1970s. She developed a passion for botanical art while studying in Australia, travelling to remote regions, including the Subantarctic, to sketch flora and fauna. She has written and illustrated several children’s natural history books. She has mentored and advocated for many of New Zealand illustrators. She was a designer for Land’s End Publishing and Shortland Publications, recruiting and mentoring illustrators new to the profession. She established her own illustration agency to represent illustrators nationally and overseas. She has educated thousands of children and adults in botanical children’s book illustration and nature journaling through workshops and classes.Ms Morris has used her artwork to raise money for botanical and wildlife conservation organisations.