This year I've been delighted to be asked to join Flagstaff Gallery in Auckland. A beautiful contemporary gallery base in Devonport I now have representation again on the North Island since the previous gallery that represented me sadly closed down.
During the Covid 19 Lockdown, Gallery de Novo came up with the idea to ask their artists to create postcard size paintings of their environments at the time. After the lockdown was over we then sent them down to Dunedin for a small exhibition with the art retailing at only $190 each piece. I loved having the time to create during this strange period of being at home for weeks. My husband came home with theses tiny macarons as he was doing the shopping for a few families. They were a nice little treat when we couldn't go out for coffees! We were encouraged to write the stories on the back of the postcard. A great reminder of that time. Here's one of my four works on paper on the table I set up by the garden to paint.
Now more than ever in the wake of the Corona virus, artists everywhere are hoping that you will support them to keep being creative. At our studios and galleries we are taking every precaution we can to promote social distancing, clean surfaces, provide uplifting environments and supply New Zealand made product. Thanks for sharing our social media posts and let keep our art practices alive and well for when this time is over. Keep safe and practice kindness everyone.
'Walk with me' 150x80cms acrylic on canvas was inspired by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and and a beautiful autumn day wandering along the river with a lovely friend. I enjoyed painting it so much that I might consider a little series of the gardens. It sold very quickly but watch this space for some more...
I'm delighted to say that after a couple of weeks at Gallery De Novo in Dunedin that 'Weave' 120x90cms quickly sold and is heading over to China. Liz and Richelle at this gorgeous gallery work hard for every artist and with their prime high street position are most successful. I hope the new owners love it as much as I enjoyed painting it.
In recent times I have been digitally scanning some of my work in order that some very limited edition prints with archival inks on watercolour paper will be available. This brand new large floral piece is one such image. I am planning to keep the prints on paper to only 10-15 copies in total and then only have the original as work on canvas. Should you be interested in owning a limited print then please feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com and we can discuss framing requirements, pricing and print run numbers.
Over the summer months I have been eyeing up a lovely wall of hydrangeas in a close neighbours garden. In fact I have been admiring this large corner hedge for years but this summer has been the hottest for many years and somehow they looked even better than ever. With my neighbours permission I picked a big armful of flowers with beautiful blue and pink hues and took a huge number of photographs. Starting the new year, I am working on a number of canvases of varying sizes to capture the beauty of these wonderful flowers. Every time I see them I think 'Summer" Watch this space, this is the first in the series and early in the creative process. Hope you enjoy them as much as me.
'My Blue French Jug' is my most recent piece of art heading off soon to the Ashburton Society of Arts 2017 show in late June. Inspired by a favourite blue jug that sits in my kitchen at home with figs that were given to me my my neighbour and feijoas from a talk I gave at a gardening club. Also inspired by the work of Kaffe Fasset with the use of pattern and prints it might well be a new direction for me as I have loved the bright colours and textural elements. Watch this space!
During a recent trip to the UK I was very fortunate to be able to view the David Hockney retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain London! Bucket list day for me and so excited to view an amazing selection of this artist's work as he reaches the age of 80. Such a wide variety of work from stunning drawings, polaroid collages, ipad art, photography and of course paintings. My all time favourite artwork was there that I have admired since school days, visiting it each time I have visited the Tate over the years. Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy from his naturalism era Love Love Love! This life size painting wows me every time with the colour, composition and light hitting the figures of Ozzie Clark and wife. Could have stayed all day :-)
The recent art and opera fundraiser for the Medical Research Foundation has recently taken place at Christchurch Art Gallery and I was delighted to once again be asked to support this worthy event with a donated painting. 'Red on White' 80x80cms acrylic on canvas original sold as part of this evening and I hear it was the most successful evening for all the hardworking team behind the scenes. Thanks for asking me, I love supporting events like these wherever possible.