The Artist

“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 form the west.

Bernard Allen 1904 – 1990

Whether a reverence for nature is inherited or adopted, I could not fail to share my parents passion. Growing up in the country with coastal walks only a matter of minutes away gave me the opportunity to absorb an ever changing landscape.

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.

A recent article from the local paper – Horowhenua Chronicle…

Exhibition Record

‘Nature’s Colour and Form’ 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

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