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.
Meet Winston my new fur baby. He's only 8 weeks old and a bit of a scallywag. He visited me for the first time today at the studio/gallery. He's loving his new sister Daisy from the same parents but a year or so apart. As you can imagine our place is in chaos! Maybe we should try him with a paintbrush?! Photo by Sam Frost.
A while ago I was asked to undergo a commission for a couple's newly married son and his family to provide them with happy memories of their wedding in New Zealand. Several months later. Here we are with a delightful photo sent from London of my acrylic on canvas 'Curiousity' just arrived 12,000 miles away! Love my 'job'
June 2016 and during our trip to the UK we were excited to be able to visit the Hampstead Affordable Art Show in London. Thousands of visitors and hundreds of art works from galleries all around the UK and the world. Exciting sculptures, ceramics and installations all for sale and very accessible to the public. We were amazed at the number of visitors bringing their pooches along! We even purchased a little piece that we felt we couldn't leave behind. Definitely worth a visit and thanks to Wills Art Warehouse for the complimentary tickets.
All smiles today as I have finally finished and sold the recent Peony commission which has been a labour of love and so much enjoyment to create. Looking forward to seeing it hanging now!
My latest work has been a labour of love for a lovely client moving into her new home following the earthquakes. She approached me several months ago to discuss commissioning an original painting for her hallway. We had lots of chats and waited until the peonies were flowering and took heaps of images to work from. Over a matter of months she has been popping in to see progress-its such a great process. I have just finished the last layer of glazing and today it will be varnished. She saw it yesterday and loves it- five times more that she thought she would! Had so many comments about it from visitors to the gallery and on facebook - circular and measuring 130cms in diameter its a biggie and going to be a real wow piece. Can't wait to see it hanging. If you want to work on a special idea email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat.
Delighted to be asked to be a part of the very recent Art Meets Opera evening at the Christchurch Art Gallery with the auction of this large acrylic on canvas painting called '5 o'clock Shadows'. The fundraiser was planned to raised money for The Christchurch Medical Research Fund with this years' focus being The Brain Injury Trust. Pleased that quite a few people wanted to take this painting home. It was from an idea that I suddenly saw on a wall late one afternoon and snapped a photo on my iphone. Inspiration comes at the strangest times and yes the wall was just that intense yellow!
Progress on the peony as it starts to take shape. Really enjoying the muted colours and softness of this one as it takes shape. Just on the first layer so a long way to go yet. Might have to sit on the floor to paint the lower half!
Occasional thoughts from an artist who just loves to paint.