Austen Deans, now aged 95, has long been of the country's most popular en plein art artists. In his work he has captured the beauty of the New Zealand's alpine scenery as well as Antarctica. He has won many awards for this work. He has also painted a number of portraits which are included in this book. Also included are many of his paintings completed while he was a prisoner-of- war, 1941-1945. Before he is capture he was an associate war artist.