Cordis Auckland has announced a collaboration with Kiwi illustrator Kelly Thompson, showcasing a collection of exclusive artworks inspired by Cordis' 'Locally Yours' philosophy.

Thompson, who specialises in botanical and beauty illustration, creates her original artworks using a combination of hand-drawn line and Photoshop colouring. Her delicate, intricate, feminine work is paired with bold and energetic colouring.

“The ferns, birds and flower images all feature native species in my signature botanical style," said Thompson. "It was important to Cordis to also feature a couple of scenes that were uniquely Auckland. St Kevin's Arcade is an Auckland favourite and the Sky Tower is one of the city’s most iconic spots, so these were the drivers behind the final two images.”

Kelly Thompson

Thompson's unique plant, bird, and urban designs combine her love for nature and colour. The 'Locally Yours' series brings to life five illustrations inspired by local birds, trees, and flowers, along with two urban scenes from Cordis Auckland's K'Road neighbourhood.

The illustrations will be available as a set of five packaged postcards as well as A4 prints - guests will also have the option of having the print framed at the hotel's gift outlet, The Shop.

"Here at Cordis, we are committed to promoting art in our community," said Franz Mascarenhas, managing director of Cordis Auckland.

"Our Art in Residence program mirrors our hotel philosophies of elegance in design and captivation of the senses. It has been a pleasure partnering with the internationally celebrated Kelly Thompson to create five exclusive illustrations that capture iconic aspects of New Zealand nature and our vibrant city scene.”