News for 2022
Solo Exhibition announcement
I was excited to hold my first solo exhibition in New Zealand at Central Stories Museum and Gallery, Centennial Avenue, Alexandra from October 6 to November 9, 2022.
The exhibition featured works from my series entitled "Broken Fences Weatherboard Dreams", which explores themes of settlement in rural New Zealand. The exhibiiton marked a significant milestone for me and was a great success. A big thank you to everyone who supported me and to those who came to the 'meet the artist' event on Saturday 13 October.
In October I completed a commission entitled "Emblems of the Heart" for Queenstown clients. The work can be viewed in the New Zealand Landscapes section of my Gallery.
In November I completed a new commission for a client in Wanaka.This painting is of "The Cookhouse" on West Wanaka station. It's an incredible legacy building and I felt very privileged to be asked to paint it. It can be viewed in the Rural New Zealand Oils section of my Gallery.
In 2023 I hope to commence a new series of landscape paintings, focussing on the Otago region.
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.