I live in Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand near the Northern Wairoa River
Quite a few years ago a visit to my artist nephews studio in Victoria, Australia had me drooling at all the colors, salivating at the paints and pastels and I was itching to get my hands on all his art materials. As I got stuck in and sploshed paint, pastel and oil crayons across the paper I was hooked and haven't stopped since.
Art History at University hadn't prepared me for the hands on stuff - I couldn't put down the materials and returned from Australia with my suitcase full of paintings. Inspired by this trip I studied with The Learning Connexion in Wellington and graduated with honours and I haven'nt stopped since.
My passion is for conveying emotion - I enjoy mixed media work, abstract and expressionist works dripping with luscious color and I like using my photographs in my painting and view the everryday things in life from a unique viewpoint
I am inspired by nature, texture - rust, peeling plaster, peeling paint and decay, rocks, stones all holds a myriad of colours within. Artists who have inspired me are Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso, Dali and some Expressionist artists. I like anything zany, unique and different - drawing in pencil,charcoal, pastel or using paint to express my art but you will find I like to use a different twist . To visit my art and creativity blog click here