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Hi, I'm a New Zealand artist living on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast of Auckland. I love to paint the gentle waves of the many local beaches and to visit and paint other parts of New Zealand's stunning coastline. The mountainous areas with their awe inspiring lakes and rivers are also a source of inspiration. I sell my work privately, and through art galleries.
The love of the coast and the fascination with paintings began when I was young. During my childhood I spent school holidays at my Grandma's farm close to the dramatic coastline and black sands of Muriwai beach. There have been many artists in my family and amongst the collection of paintings at the homestead were works by my Great Uncle, Great Aunt and Great Grandmother. I was particularly fascinated by the many large oil paintings. From high above the dining room mantelpiece my Great Great Great Grandmother solemnly watched over every mealtime we enjoyed around the large oak table. Despite yellowing and cracking with age, the subtle shades of colour painted onto the flat canvas still conveyed a very convincing presence. From Muriwai it was customary to make the winding journey through the towering bush clad Waitakere Ranges to visit friends at the old Te Henga property, to picnic at the lake and climb the majestic black sand hills. Back at home on the east coast I woke to the sound of lapping waves and much awaited parcels from my other Granny in England. The boxes were packed tight with craft books, handmade gifts, unfamiliar sweets, paints, and brushes. Occasionally there'd be her latest ‘painting for Deb'. This all kept me well supplied with materials and inspiration.
My paintings explore the transforming qualities of light. I strive to capture the subtle interactions of light, tone and colour through attention to brushwork, the restrained use of colour, and the application of multiple transparent glazes.
In order to create works of art of the highest quality I use traditional and archival methods and use the best materials and supports available.