(Lam) Songsri Gorman
I was born in North East Thailand where at a young age I started drawing and winning art competitions or the prize money by entering for myself but also all my friends. When I graduated school, I received a scholarship to study art and teaching at Mahasarakan University.
In Thailand I had many varied jobs working as a house keeper, teacher, school milk supplier, aerobics instructor and radio DJ, before starting my own internet café which expanded into a computer repair shop.
15 years ago I married a ‘Kiwi’ and moved to Methven where I opened an internet café and computer repair shop the “PC House” before opening the “Thai Chilli Restaurant”. While I was running the PC House I continued painting and I sold my paintings all over New Zealand through Trade Me. However the Restaurant business and the recently added Asian grocery store are allowing me only little time for painting I still enjoy it and am thrilled to be able to teach my 12-year-old daughter and share one of my great passion with her.
I have been painting all my life. I trained as a primary teacher in the 1960’s.
Creating art has involved a large part of my life. Teaching and forever learning myself. In 2002 I attended the Aoraki Polytechnic and completed the Diploma of painting in pictorial development and abstraction.
The other love has been gardening. This is a common pursuit of artists. Art and Gardens, colour shape texture and arrangement are so intertwined. Both of these activities involve much dreaming and planning. Especially when one is supposed to be sleeping. Then with much urgency the following day putting dreams into place! I spent over 30 years creating a country garden.
My husband Mike learnt much patience over the years executing my creative ideas. Now we are enjoying a smaller town garden. But changes keep happening here too.
I have one other passion and that is spending time with my delightful grandchildren Hillary and James.
I have belonged to the Ashburton Society of arts for many years. I held many positions on the committee, all were fun and rewarding. I have been privileged to be awarded a Life Membership.
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