I have always enjoyed drawing and took art related subjects at school, but it was not until 1996, when our children were at Boarding school, that I really got excited about reviving my passion.
I have been fortunate to have had lessons with many well- known artists over the years and have hosted workshops on our property High Peak Station in the Rakaia Gorge.
I was told once that I was starting with the easier medium of watercolour.
Nothing could be further from the truth! It can be infuriating and expensive, as sheets of high quality paper wind up in the bin, but when it sometimes works, there is a great feeling of satisfaction.
My subject matter varies, but as long as the light is on the subject, I enjoy using lots of colour in my work.
I have exhibited over the years in group exhibitions in the Selwyn Gallery, Ashburton, Christchurch and with daughter Amelia at the Akaroa Gallery.
I have been painting for twenty years and have been tutored by Lindsay Hey, Gordon Sharp, Toni Duffy and Mehrdad Tahan over this time.
I have exhibited in a number of local exhibitions.
When I paint I love the escape and the totally absorption it gives me. Painting has helped me look at and observe things in different ways, especially on my travels.
I feel I have been fortunate in having talented family members to look up and I thank my mother and our aunt (Esther Hope/Barker) for igniting the painting passion many years ago.
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