Maxine and I have never met but that doesn’t seem to make our conversations any less real. She is constantly ‘on the go’ with art activities and has recently started attending a writing class. Last week a wonderful email arrived telling me she’d found the winter Poems in the Waiting Room poetry card at her medical centre and she was going to show it to her writing class.
I describe my art as “a fusion of reality, imagination and interpretation” and as an artist; prolific and passionate. My art studies (both practical and historical), art making & art teaching span over 30 years; all ongoing and fuelling each other.
Working from the freedom & playfulness of the intuition & imagination;
to capturing the essence of a landscape, organic form
or personal portrait; to telling a story infused with symbolism
through nature or figurative
all spark my creative energy. Travel gives me a lot of inspiration for my work; also, to see how different cultures express their realities and identities through art; as much as to give me new experiences and visuals to fuel my own art making.
I have been exhibiting locally and nationally for many years. This included 14 years of happily running my own Studio/Gallery, The Artist’s Palette at The Christchurch Arts Centre, coming to an abrupt end with the earthquakes. Currently I work from my home studio and also teach part-time community classes.
Ruth’s poem “The Writers Room” felt perfect for my newly finished pastel “Lighting Dark Spaces”.
You can see a selection of some of my other work here