I have been involved in aspects of art all my life. However, I was born in an age when considering the words “working artist” and “payment” in the same sentence was thought naïve in the extreme. Encouraged to be sensible I chose teaching art as my career path. However becoming a young solo Mum with four young children limited my time for teaching and enthusiasm for painting as a hobby. I never followed the advice given to me by my favourite art tutor Doris Lusk, to paint within the constraints of the children’s playpen and allow the children to play in the house, as she did, but then Doris Lusk became one of New Zealand’s best loved artists. An early lesson I ignored. It has taken a long time, but I now have my own studio and can fulfil my desire to paint which I do, every day. My medium of choice is watercolour. I have tried big, bold, sweeping washes which work wonderfully in water colour, but am never happy with the results and revert to my preferred intricate detailed work. I still find the medium frustrating and at times downright difficult, but time has taught me to be patient, I have learnt to walk away and return when any angst has settled. It is so rewarding when a “mistake” seen in a different light can become the highlight of a painting. However, an irredeemable botch-up can also be a valuable learning experience. I paint many subjects but primarily what I see around me in the garden, the impact of the seasons on the fleeting beauty of foliage, flowers, insects and birds are perfect for my preference for a limited palette, transparent colours and detail. Painting, with my favourite music in the background is the one activity that takes my mind to other places where time becomes an irrelevance.
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