I began painting with acrylics on canvas around 18 years ago during my time teaching Art at Matamata College. Previously I worked with textiles ie batik and silk painting and have also entered the World of Wearable Arts on three occasions.
My first series of paintings was motivated by the wearable arts experience. I explored ideas from the past present and future using the mannequin amongst other symbols to represent what I was trying to say. Each painting leading onto the next, a bit like chapters in a book.
Different times in life though lead to different books being written and I realised it was time to tell another story.
I started by painting small vintage type pieces using precious objects gathered over time ie old cups, lace cloth, jewellery, books, with butterflies and fantails to name a few. After moving to the Coromandel, my attention was drawn to the sea. I realised I could tell more stories by incorporating the old things of the past with the sea and a new journey has begun.
Presently I am working on a few pieces exploring submerged rocks, abandoned piano keyboards, different moods of the sea and sky but keeping the symbols, in place in order for the story to be told.
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