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Brittany Dogs, Garden Festivals and Art Exhibitions

It is nearly at the close of July and I am in Wellington for my youngest daughters birthday. Today I have a day to myself while my family members are at work and I have as company two Brittany dogs.  Really - they are little people...not dogs of course, just humans in d...
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Frances Hodgkins

July 9, 2019

Three wonderful women artists - instalment two - Frances Hodgkins

If you have a passion for art you will know about Frances. I put her in the same category as Katherine Mansfield. These New Zealand women are two of my most admired people. Individuals, probably really stroppy, prepared to be individuals and making their mark in New Zealand ...
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Rita Angus

July 9, 2019

Three wonderful women artists - Rita Angus

The next woman artist that I admire and who has influenced my work is Rita Angus. Rita Angus, google her, but you probably know who I am talking about. Rita was born in 1908 and was a contemporary of Toss Wollaston and Colin McCahon.Rita was a very confident artist who alway...
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Three wonderful women artists - instalment one - Frida Kahlo

There are three women artists who I admire immensely - Frida Kahlo, Frances Hodgkins and Rita Angus. They are all so interesting, so I've written a blog on each one. Many of you may know of Frida Kahlo.  She is a dramatic and very charismatic woman from Mexico.  He...
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Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival and my Art in the Garden

We have been busy preparing the garden here for the Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival on Sunday November 24th. The garden is being pulled into shape with the very able help of Robyn at Garden Control. I am thinking about what the theme will be for my exhibition for the day.&n...
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German Expressionism

June 13, 2019

A bit about German Expressionism - art that has influenced my painting style

I have a penchant for the work of the German Expressionists and they have influenced my style. Expressionism is a style of painting, music or drama in which the artist or writer seeks to express the inner world of emotion rather than external reality. It has been said that t...
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A challenging but exhilarating commission - and the Cambridge Garden Festival

I've had a very interesting time in the last few weeks. A challenging private commission I was asked to do an exceptionally interesting commission to do for a client in the South Island.  The client was introduced to me by Wayne Good (of Arkanda Living & Interiors).&nbs...
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Two new works (a Black & White and a special commission)

At the Cambridge Autumn Festival Exhibition in March, all the black and white paintings sold. I think this is because many people have a minimalistic theme throughout their home and this particular black and white form appears to fit in with their colour scheme. I have done ...
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Autumn Festival Artists Trail finished for this year - but my studio is open by appointment

The weekend of March 23rd and 24th gave us wonderful weather and a great weekend in Cambridge, at the open studios of the Cambridge Autumn Festival.  There were over 20 artists displaying their creations, and we had a terrific time at 19 Queen Street.We had a constant s...
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Open Studio at the Cambridge Autumn Festival March 23rd and 24th

Come to see me at 19 Queen St, Cambridge on 23 and 24 March.My home studio will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.I will be in my studio to talk to you about my experiences and influences on my painting. Chat with me,  look through a book I have of my paintings and share the e...
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