The Wahi Pana Paint Out was an enriching personal and artistic experience. The event motivated me to paint areas that I may not have otherwise chosen to paint. It inspired me to see the landscape in a more complex and meaningful way that went beyond the formal challenges of creating a painting. The historical awareness broadened the cultural and symbolic significance of what I painted. In this regard a little knowledge went a long way. It wasn’t only about capturing the present moment. As I painted I did feel the spirit of the people who walked the land before. I put down with paint onto canvas my experience of place to share with others. If I expressed myself well as an artist then those who look at the paintings will have a heightened awareness of Wahi Pana connecting the present, past and future.