Carol Skinner Artwork
A bit about me and my art 
I live in  Northland, New Zealand  near the Northern Wairoa River. 

its weirdly bizarre how I reactivated my art journey.  After a successful detached retina operation I started to see things in a different way - colours were brighter, forms more defined, shadows more intense and was inspired to I pick up my brushes again.

After a visit to my artist nephews studio in Victoria, Australia my interest  rocketed  -  the colors, the paints, the pastels  and I was itching to get my hands on all the art materials.  As I moved paint,  pastel and oil crayons  across the  paper. I was hooked ! It is such fun to be a painter ! 
I couldn't put down the materials and returned from Australia with my suitcase full  of paintings that I wouldn't let out of my sight.
Massively  inspired by this trip and realising I needed some technical skills I studied with The Learning Connexion in Wellington where i discovered a  passion for charcoal,  portraits and abstracts and I haven't stopped experimenting since.  

My passion is for photography,  abstraction, expressionism, flowers and botanicals  dripping with  luscious color.   I am inspired by nature, the landscape, 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, Russell Drysdale  ( skies) Tracy Verdugo and Renee Mueller - flowers and portraits. 


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