My Art Statement from the 2016 End of Year Exhibition at Browne School of Art:
These are stories of people in a time - personal images of my people and time. In my practice I combine various elements and methodologies: acrylic paint, photographs, collage, fiberglass and resin. The collage elements of knitted clothing and home-made clothes illuminate the unforgotten, whilst the small scale evokes memories of hand-painted slides or family photographs with their 1960’s-70;s colour palette. Inspiration has come from Hughie O’Donohue and his exploration of human identity, memory and experience and Njideka Akunyili Crosby for her creative ways of using collaged elements, charcoal and acrylic paint based on family photographs
There is also an image of my entry in the World of Wearable Arts Awards in Wellington. This was taken in the show. Being a WOW Designer has been hugely exciting and especially to get an Honourable Mention in the Awards.
There are two photographs of mosaics and shell birds I have done in recent years. My interest in mixed media (painting and collage) now steams from doing glass and tile mosaics earlier.
I always love painting landscapes and seascapes in particular. Below is a painting I did at Muriwai Beach. Being at the beach and painting is a challenge capturing the light and colour and composition but it is a challenge I love.
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