My fathers words reflect my creative response to nature…vivid colour, texture, and atmosphere…
“Nature has waved her magic wand like a venerable fairy godmother to warm the hearts of bee lovers and give the bees the opportunity to fill their waxen cells with the aromatic nectar of the flowers; wild thyme from the chalk downs, the tall rosebay willowherb, the scented clover from the fields and wayside, the pendulous blossoms of the lime trees, and the pink bell heather just coming into bloom on Headon Hill. Up yonder in the apiary adjacent to the Highdown Inn – amid a canopy of giant bracken fronds and elm saplings, the beekeeper sits in his camping chair watching the winged harvesters come sailing in with their loads of colourful pollen and nectar. There is a continuous symphony of sounds from a thousand and more vibrating gossamer wings – music of the wild borne on the sun warmed winds from the west.”
Bernard Allen 1904 – 1990
I received my Bachelor of Fine Art in 1997 and later went on to study a City and Guilds in Further Adult Teaching in 2004, qualifying in the UK. Since this time I have taught creative workshops both in the UK and New Zealand. I currently work from my studio in the beautiful Horowhenua region of New Zealand. Colour is a dominant part of my work which extends to pastel, acrylic, oil, ink and watercolour. My paintings are reflective of my pastel work, and I use the brush as one might use a pencil; to draw my paint onto the canvas. I also enjoy working tonally producing atmospheric studies.