Music art, art music – they tend to sit pretty much side by side in my life, both influencing each other to a certain degree. I have been told I am fortunate to have two such passions – and yes I agree, although maintaining an equally productive flow for both loves as well as earning an income is challenging.
Amongst my art influences have been: American Pop Artist Jim Dine, Georgia O’Keefe, Constable, Turner, the Impressionist painters, and Gustav Klimt. My work is sometimes decorative in nature using the landscape and the human form as a vehicle to celebrate the use of full colour and bold rhythmical line.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Art in 1997 after studying at Otago Art School in Dunedin, and thoroughly enjoyed the process. I later went on to receive my City and Guilds in Further Adult Teaching in 2004. I have taught workshops since this time, both in New Zealand and the UK. My work is held in a number of private collections in New Zealand, England, Japan, Australia and America. I currently work from my beautiful home-based studio in the Horowhenua region. I have several goals for 2018:
- To produce an exhibition based on my passion for life drawing, combining the figurative with the beauty of that nature. Having started this process several years ago, the passion and interest has not left me.
- To pass on my passion through a series of creative workshops. I find it inspiring to watch others create.
- To produce a series of recycled decorative objects. Again this started last year and I have produced several pieces so far. I believe in recycling wherever possible and have found a freedom in painting objects, that I have not yet found in painting onto canvas. We have become such a throw away society and I like to recycle as much as possible.
- To complete my second music album. I believe the majority of my music has universal meaning and many have said that they can relate to it. It is rewarding to know that my music may have the ability to make a positive difference in someone’s life.
Follow my journey as I attempt to work towards these goals through 2018 – wish me luck!