Nikau No 40

Artists Profile

Painter, potter, weaver and craftswoman, I have always had a strong involvement in the arts. I had a formal art training which began at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, in Australia, then completed secondary teachers training in Christchurch New Zealand.
I taught Art throughout the Waikato NZ and gradually took up weaving and fashion design as a hobby, which later became a full time business. In 1996 I returned to teaching Visual Arts, later to become the Head of Art for five years at Hamilton Girls High School.
2005 saw a new beginning as I took time to focus on producing art.
My work is endlessly changing and developing as it grows in depth and understanding. The natural fascination I have for patterns and colour, nurtured in my weaving days, acts as the basis for my present works. I often use a gridded underpainting in many of my works. This allows me to contrast the natural patterns I see in the landscape and bush around me to the heavily structured weaving patterns. Influenced by many aspects of Maori art and craftwork, I relate to the spiritual significance artwork has in telling stories and relaying the emotional impact the land shares with its inhabitants. These characteristics can also be noted in works in other media, such as pottery and my sculpture

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Inspired by local landscape

This painting is about exploring the interactions between visual layers using geometric and natural patterns of the rolling Waikato Lanscape which surrounds Hamilton. Adding another dimension to these patterns the Waikato River has etched its path across the landscape with central Hamilton marked with a circle.
This painting was accepted as a finalist into the MLC painting award 2006.

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Insipiration

My artwork is rooted in the natural patterns found in the New Zealand environment. I use a lot of nikau, supplejack and ferns as these all give me the means for my exploration of pattern. I am fascinated with the interactions between visual layers using geometric underpainting and natural patterns I see and feel around me. As these patterns overlay, new shapes and spaces emerge.

As well as patterns I use colour as a major focus. These elements come together hand in hand. The colours enhance the patterns and the patterns do the same for the colour.

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