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A b o u t m y w o r k . . .
New Zealands land, sea and sky is the focus for my paintings.
Many of these landscapes have been centered around childhood memories growing up in the Otago region, the place I call home.
I am inspired by the Psalmist wellspring of poetic songs about the earth being stretched out like fabric, with patterns and folds like a garment, references to a Omnipotent Creator as the master craftsman and designer. Also referencing to the earth pouring forth speech day and night.
I am fascinated with the idea of Earth being clothed and how when we rise above it, the earth shows its velvet like features in the differing light throughout the day, I enjoy painting strokes of color, highlights and shadow in layers like a weaving, creating my own land tapestry.
The land displays it’s splendor, it calls for our response. My work is all about the beauty I see every day and my response to it.
Thanks be to Him, who has strewn these treasures of form and color throughout the earth, to gladden my heart and cheer my sight.
S o l o E x h i b i t i o n s
2020 Gallery De novo - Clouds
2016 Gallery De novo - OVERVIEW
2014 Gallery De novo - - Fabric Earth
2012 Gallery De novo - - Land fabric
2011 Dunedin international Airport - Artist in the terminal ; recent works
2008 The Artist Room - - Identity
2007 Peter Rae Gallery - - The Folded Land
2005 Rosslyn Gallery - - Fabricated Landscapes
2003 Rosslyn Gallery - - 23rd Psalm, landscape series
2002 Rosslyn Gallery - - Continuous land series
2000 Rosslyn Gallery - - Mortal Man, acrylics
1995 Moray Gallery - - Women and Children, pastels on paper
1990 Rosslyn Gallery - - Pencil drawings
G r o u p E x h i b i t i o n s and A w a r d s
2011 First Place - - Otago Art Society Annual Exhibition
2009 The Artist Room - - group of three
2008 The Artist Room - - group
2006 Peter Rae Gallery - - Silent Speech
2004 Peter Rae Gallery - - “Beyond” Where Christianity & contemporary art meet
1992 Dunedin Public Art Gallery - - The Wind in the Fences, Artist respond to James K Baxter
2002 Bellamy's Gallery - - Five Women Artists
1996 Winner - - Telecom Art Awards
1994 Otago Art Society - - Annual Art Awards, Peoples Choice winner
1993 Otago Art Society - - Spring show, pastels
1992 Otago Art Society - - Group Exhibition, Hang Five
W o r k s in P u b l i c C o l l e c t i o n
Wellington Public Library
Dunedin City Council
Auckland Dental School
Dunedin International Airport
Knox College, Dunedin
Mercy Hospital, Dunedin
Hope & Sons Funeral Directors