Guest Artist Di West was born in New Zealand and immigrated with her family to Australia at the age of 3. In mid 2016, she returned to my homeland of New Zealand and settled in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Northland.
After a career in Interior Design, she finished a Certificate in Fine Art and a Diploma in Fine Art, from the Brisbane Institute of Art. In 2002, she finished a Master’s in Fine Art Degree completed at the QUT, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Australia.
She is a painter and sculptor and for me, art is about observing. In her paintings she loves the captured moment, and she paints in oils. In sculpture her focus is always one of optimism, her work is a metaphor for challenges and things in life to aspire to............with an injection of humour and playfulness. She creates sculptures in wax and have the works cast into bronze in small editions.
She has won many awards for her paintings and sculpture and works towards Solo and Group Exhibitions each year. Her art practice is always evolving, and her work is held in major Art Galleries in New Zealand and Australia as well as many corporate and private collections.