I guess it all began when I was 4 or 5 years old in a wee cottage in Malvern, Worcestershire. My Auntie Allwyn was looking after me for the afternoon, the room was warm and smelt of lollies – I think she ran a little shop from her home. Auntie spread out the paper and with potatoes cut into different designs, and brightly coloured paint in saucers, I was introduced to potato printing. Such bright shiny colours – my earliest creative thoughts and that wonderful experience has never left me. The second memory was from primary school, where I discovered shiny brightly coloured paper – we cut into shapes and glued (using a small glass bottle with a rubber chiseled top) onto paper. I remember thinking that the paper must have been very special and quite rare, even now I still regard paper as a limited resource and take great care not to waste it.
When my son was 18 months old I enrolled at Otago Art School applying to study towards a degree. 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 been teaching 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 acrylic, oil, pastel, ink and watercolour. My paintings are reflective of my pastel work, and use the brush as an implement to draw my paint onto the canvas. I also enjoy charcoal drawing and tonal painting studies. Amongst my art influences over the years have been the flower and plant studies of American Pop Artist Jim Dine, and Georgia O’Keefe, the landscapes of Constable and Turner, and the painting styles of the Impressionist painters; Vincent van Gogh, Cezanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec I also love the Art Nouveau period especially the work of Gustav Klimt. My work is sometimes decorative in nature using the landscape, human form and nature as vehicles to celebrate the use of colour and bold rhythmical line.
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po – September 2019
‘Art in the Park’ Levin – 2018
Horowhenua District Council Group Exhibition – Te Takere, Levin Feb 2018
‘Art in the Park’ Levin – February 14th 2016
Seaview Gallery, Paraparaumu Beach – Saturday 7th November 2015
Kapiti Arts Trail 2014, 2013, 2011
Hot Orange, Paraparaumu 2008
Original Arts show Auckland 2006
Affordable Arts show Wellington 2006
Lembas Cafe Raumati South 2006
Rotary Arts show, Southwards, Paraparaumu 2005
Frameworks Gallery, Paraparaumu 2005
Newport Summer Arts Gala, UK 2004
The Turf Walk Summer Show, UK 2003
Freshwater Library, UK 2002
Otago Arts Society 1998
Education Centre, Dunedin 1998
Otago Art School Graduates Exhibition, NZ 1997