Colour is my passion. I love to use water colour and acrylics to create art to stimulate and excite the visual senses. My focus is land and seascapes, flowers and buildings.
My desire was kindled in the early 1990s with lessons from Sarah deans. The fluidity and transparency of water colour excites me and I love the unpredictability of water and paint on paper.
Moving to the Pilbara in North West Australia to teach in 2001 gave me the opportunity to paint the dramatic landscape and capture the spirit of this vast and arid region. I joined a local art group in Wickham where I was teaching at the local primary school. During the weekends we exhibited and sold our paintings from the Post & Telegraph building in the historic town of Cossack. Cossack was originally a pearling town with a wild and colourful history. Pearls were harvested from the nearby seabeds by Japanese and aboriginal divers with many meeting their death while diving.
I moved to a teaching position at Our Lady Star of the Sea (on the southern coast of West
Australia) in 2009. After 2 years as a class teacher I was appointed the Art Specialist. I loved sharing my enthusiasm for colour, paint and design with my students. The seascape, wild remote beaches and unique Esperance wildflowers inspired me to explore and use water colour and acrylic to paint local scenes.
In Esperance in 2015 I sold two thirds of my work at a successful solo exhibition. I exhibited at the Esperance Biennial Art show and sold my work from the Cannery Gallery.
After retiring from teaching in 2016, I returned to New Zealand in 2017. A recent trip to Tuscany has inspired me to paint the Italian countryside and beautiful medieval buildings and street scenes. My work continues to evolve and I look forward to creating work with a Kiwi flavour and experimenting with different styles and subjects.
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