Many moons ago, I attended an evening life drawing class in Wellington, essentially to confirm that I did not have a creative bone in my body. This of course proved to be unprovable, which is fortunate because I was nevertheless hooked from that first class on the euphoric feeling that accompanies art making.
From there I progressed to buying paints, and painting during the 3 week annual holidays one gets with paid employment. Years later, I progressed to making the decision to make art the centre of my life, not the fringe. Then, with the need to move to Tauranga to help with family care, my opportunity came. I joined the Tauranga Society of Artists, and painted, and painted, and painted ... experimented with subjects, media, supports ... entered exhibitions, won some occasional prizes, sold some work ...
6 years ago I enrolled in the Diploma of Art and Creativty offered extramurally by The Learning Connexion, Wellington, dissatisfied with the prospect of an art making future that seemed to consist largely of acquiring improved technical skills, I set out to immerse myself in a process and approach to art making that was radically different to anything I had done before, but was also associated with the work of a few of the artists I admired. This provided me with the permission, space and tools to now make art that I feel comes truly from within me, and at the same time can be linked to a historically traceable context of thinking and responses to life experiences that are relevant to mine.
Perhaps the most important thing I learnt about my own art within this adventure, and particularly as a result of completing the Advanced Diploma over the 12 months is that allowing a material to speak and following it where it leads me is an endless process if I let it be – I do not come to the end of a material’s power and expressive potential until I decide to stop pursuing it, and that working within pre-set guidelines such as the choice of material and process enhances my creative expression, rather than restricts it...
While i am totally fascinated and awestruck by pretty much all area of artistic and creative endeavor, my areas of passionate interest include :
* Abstract art, modern art, contemporary art
* Textile art and mixed media, and
* Products such as shellac, ink, paraffin wax, beeswax, soy wax, palm wax
* Paints of various types such as oils, acrylic and watercolors, and
* Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy. How can one have so many passions you ask ? How could one not ? It takes a huge effort to restrict myself to these !
And so on to the next phase !!