I have always enjoyed other people’s artworks, so when I struck a very lonely period during a 14 year stint in the goldfields of Western Australia with my husband Noel, I joined an evening art class to meet people, learn the basics of drawing and experience the different mediums. Messing about with charcoal progressed to a love of pastels and I have since enjoyed many hours “off the planet” totally absorbed, trying to learn the art.
I joined the Golden Mile Art Exhibition Group (Kalgoorlie WA) and consequently was elected as Secretary/Treasurer which also became Exhibition organiser. The next 6 years in this role (3 major and several minor exhibitions per year) plus a full time job with severe deadlines, left me with little time to do my own painting. It was not until we returned to NZ in 2002 that I picked up my pastels again.
I was introduced to PANZ in 2004, joined the National Committee in 2005, then became convener for the National Art Awards at Mapua in 2006, Dunedin 2010 and again in Mapua 2016. I have been the Editor of the NZ Pastel Artist (National Newsletter) from 2012 to 2016 (inclusive). and still hold the position of Area Rep for Nelson Bays. We meet every Tuesday morning Feb to Nov at the Mapua Hall. We have a very busy schedule which includes our annual “Top of the South” exhibition in Feb of each year. I love putting PANZ and Pastel “out there” and seeing our membership grow as people become acquainted with both the medium and our Society. I have served on the PANZ Executive Committee for 12 years and at this year’s Convention in the Waikato, I was honoured to receive a Life Membership. A very proud moment.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to win a number of prizes with my work, but the most exciting wins are runner up at the 2005 “Purely Pastel” National Art Awards at Upper Hutt and a Merit this year at Morrinsville.
My choice of subject matter is very varied but I really enjoy portraits, whether they are of people, flowers or animals. Odd subjects like shoes, bells, bottles etc come a fast second.