Sculpture Oil, Acrylic, Pastel

I usually paint on location (plein air) like the Impressionist painters, so I can capture the experience and natural light in seascapes, cityscapes or landscapes of New Zealand. Clouds, water, light and shadow fascinate me. So much more than a photo on canvas, the brushwork and occasionally sand or bugs grace my plein air piece. I need 2 or 3 sessions on location and then more hours in the studio to create most works.

This year I pulled out my watercolours which are more portable than my oils and easel. I’ve done a few paintings of the Hokianga Harbour, River Walk in Kerikeri and Mangawhai. Had a few good sessions with my oil paints in Mangonui this winter when the weather was perfect as were the fish and chips! Its not been easy to find enough time to paint, with all the work I love doing as the chairman of KOAST to make this art trail happen!

Last year I travelled to the South Island enjoying a few days of painting at Milford Sound and Golden Bay while my husband played golf. Am working on a few paintings from photos we took on this trip which include the waterfalls of Milford Sound and the view from the Kepler Trail.

The show will also feature long, flowing copper wire sculptures called ‘Spirit Vessels’ which I ‘knit’ in the style of Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), a reknown San Francisco artist who was my next door neighbour when I was very young. Each sculpture takes 40 or more hours to make. I love the delicate dance of shadows on the wall cast by these spirit vessels.

Enquiries welcomed throughout the year.

Please click on the examples of my work to see enlargements.