Mother and Daughter team Jenny Thompson and Carmen Lye are currently exhibiting works at the Methven Heritage Centre Art Gallery.
Jenny Thompson’s painting can be found throughout New Zealand and over the world.
She works in all mediums but mainly in acrylics and pastels and her subjects are varied.
Jenny has been an art lover ever since she was a child and finds art is great therapy for anyone who wishes to forget about time for a while, but it wasn’t until she and her husband sold their business that Jenny had time to pursue her love of art.
Jenny loves the vibrant colours and texture of acrylic and finds it more versatile to work with. Painting flowers was her first love but now she finds a lot of pleasure pushing herself to paint sometimes out of her comfort zone.
For the last 13 years Jenny has taught art – firstly at the Bell Academy and for the last 11 years she taught privately at the Short Street Studio. With more pupils showing an interest in her classes she now teaches 3 classes each week, some students have been with her as long as the classes have run!
Carmen’s work has been exhibited in galleries over New Zealand since 2001. Previously under the surname of Thompson or Strachan, Carmen predominantly paints abstract and portraits in a contemporary expressionist style. Her work is well known in Mid Canterbury and she has work in collections all over the world.
Originally from Ashburton, Carmen studied art in Timaru and then Christchurch in th 90s, winning a Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award for her abstracts in 2006. She is a graphic designer, photographer and jewellery maker.
This body of work reflects Carmen’s love of the Canterbury Plains, using layers of texture with melallic highlights to form an interesting outlook of what we see out of our windows here in Mid Canterbury.
Carmen’s work sells online and at various galleries throughout New Zealand, and is proud to hang her work next to her mother – Jenny this month, knowing that their different styles and subjects complement each other in the best possible way.