Painting Sculpture

Like the impressionists, I usually paint on location (plein air) so I can capture the natural light in seascapes, cityscapes or landscapes of New Zealand. Clouds, water, light and shadow fascinate me, constantly changing as I paint. Usually I need 2 or 3 sessions on location and then more hours in the studio to complete a painting in oil or acrylic.

Last year I pulled out my watercolours which are more portable than my oils and easel.  Watercolours are more challenging and less forgiving as a medium. I am inspired by the early landscape painters of New Zealand, especially J.C, Hoyte (1835-1913) and John Gully (1819-1888).

I also enjoy painting large watery abstracts and  lily ponds, that offer the viewer a serene and contemplative experience.

I continue to make long, flowing, hanging sculptures from copper wire.  I call them Spirit Vessels which I ‘knit’ in the style of Ruth Asawa (1926-2013). Ruth was a San Francisco artist who was my next door neighbour when I was very young. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the de Young Museum.. Each sculpture takes me 40 or more hours to make. I love the delicate dance of shadows on the wall cast by these spirit vessels.

Enquiries or visits to my home studio are welcomed year round. Please call or text.

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