My first art memory is when I was four and my parents who were/are (my mother is still alive and well) artists gave me a box of oil pastels and sat me at the table with a book of Van Gogh paintings opened at one of his landscapes. I still remember my immersion in that glorious kaleidoscope of colours. They told me to copy it and I vividly recall the profound focus and bliss that came over me as I entered that Right Hemispheric state I have come to know and trust. Thanks Bobbie and Brian Taylor.
I'm currently working on a series of watercolour New Zealand native birds. This is Karearea, NZ Falcon. Signed, limited edition prints on quality paper are available for $250 NZD.
This work was completed during my time as a freelance illustrator.
These drawings are done with oil pastels as I rekindled my first love! They were drawn quickly moving from shape to shape, intuitively selecting and relishing the brilliant colours. There is little attention given to proportion and accurate anatomy, rather a sense of playfulness and wonder. Again... Right Hemispheric attributes!
These paintings and drawings were done during a series of weekend workshops with a group of artist friends. We would get together in a studio by the sea in Raumati South, hire a model and draw and paint for two/three days. I would draw all morning, observing the contours and shapes, slipping in and out of my Right Hemisphere and then paint all afternoon.
This is a portrait of my son done just before he left home. Now I always have his smiling presence on my wall.
These are commissioned portraits, all watercolour apart from "Caitlin with glove" which is coloured pencil. It is slowly worked up layer by layer using the techniques I teach in my course. The slower you go the more visual information you are able to see and the greater the activation of your calming Alpha brain waves. In the Alpha state you are more able to make an authentic record and experience a deep, loving connectivity with your subject. I teach strategies in my course which enable this process. These portraits are all done from photos and I am available for commissions.
This is a watercolour portrait of my artist friend Harriet Bright with whom I shared many wonderful drawing sessions. She is an on going inspiration for me. I painted this for the Adam award 2010 and it was a finalist and one of 40 chosen to tour the country. Harriet won the Adam award that year! I did several drawings and watercolours of her from life and then worked from a photograph.
These portraits were done from life during weekend workshops, hence the loose style.