When I look at my local ranges – the Tararua Ranges – I am lifted up with a sense of freedom. I am in awe of their rolling contours, their strength, their unmovable presence and grace.
My painting and drawing reflect this freedom, with lines and marks; steady and determined, light and delicate. I walk, I fly across my paper – I am the brush, the pencil, the pastels, the eraser, the piece of black velvet charcoal. With water I merge each mark and rework and re-walk each line, building layer upon layer. This process places my feet firmly in the land, my mark firmly on the paper, with this familiarity my relationship with the subject deepens, my appreciation grows, I am awake….my work is a melding of my spirit and the land, we are at that moment one.
I had the privilege of studying under the amazing Lyn Diefenbach an incredible pastalist based in Australia. This is the resulting piece, a riverway that feeds into Queen Charlotte Sound. Approximately 12″ x 14″ a mix of Art Spectrum, Rembrandt and Schmincke soft pastels on Colourfix board.