News for 2022
Solo Exhibition announcement
I am excited to be holding my first solo exhibition in New Zealand at Central Stories Museum and Gallery, Centennial Avenue, Alexandra from October 6 to November 3 2022.
The exhibition features works from my series entitled "Broken Fences Weatherboard Dreams", which explores themes of settlement in rural New Zealand.
I have recently completed my latest commission entitled "Emblems of the Heart", which can be viewed in the New Zealand Landscapes section of my Gallery. I am now working on my latest series of oil paintings, which sees me returning to more traditional landscape painting.
News for 2021
New Acrylic Inks and Oil Paintings - "Broken fences, weatherboard dreams".
Since returning to New Zealand I have thought a lot about how New Zealand is evolving and how this impacts my sense of place. New bungalows are replacing the farm houses of old and smallholdings are giving way to corporate farming. The rural landscape is changing. My latest New Zealand works are a series of ink drawings and oil paintings which capture the legacy of this landscape. I see a tainted beauty and sense of nostalgia in the architecture of old huts, woolsheds, and uninhabited villas. These buildings are our graveyard of history, they remind us of the past and speak to our values of land ownership and settlement.
Landscape Paintings for the Mountain Turk Club - Queenstown
I was asked to create two new landscape paintings for the Mountain Turk Club here in Queenstown. These works now hang in two of the six mountain huts, or "Turks" as they are called, which form the Mahu Whenua Traverse - a new ski touring and summer hiking route between Wanaka and Queenstown. As a member of the club, I felt honoured to be able to contribute something to this amazing undertaking. I hope that my paintings will bring added pleasure to club members when they stop to spend a night or two in these incredible buildings, which have been created from large water tanks.
I recently completed an acrylic ink commission for a client in Wales and I am underway with a new landscape commission for clients here in Queenstown: a large oil painting depicting the view from the Mahu Whenua Lodge near Wanaka. It's an awe inspiring view!
News for 2019/20
At the start of this year my husband and I made the mammoth decision to return to New Zealand, after 18 good years in the UK. We both love New Zealand and it was always our intention to return at some stage in our lives.
As a result, I have permanently closed my studio in Llantwit Major and I am fully relocated to Queenstown, New Zealand. I now have a large studio at my home which will be a great space to work in.
The New Zealand landscape is many things, daunting, bold, bright, majestic and I love it. I will not be short of inspiration and already I am finding many things to inspire me. I am already starting to develop my vision and a new direction of travel for my work. So please watch this space.