Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Every time I excitedly tear the cellophane off a brand new canvas, I attempt to paint my best painting yet. I think this is what all artists strive for. Never really knowing exactly how it is going to turn out, I am always in the hope that this will be 'the one'!!

I have learnt and improved over the past few years as I have painted more and more. With this in mind, I decided to revisit paintings that I completed a couple of years ago to see if I could do better.

Here are the before and after shots of 'Absence'. I love dark pictures where an object is 'appearing' from the shadows. The red satin fabric is luscious and looks lovely and silky.

I have redesigned the lingerie and made it more romantic and altered the skin tones.

I will be working next on a nude.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Velvet Tones 760 x 760mm

Having started this painting at least 2 months ago, and spending the last 3 weeks tittivating, fiddling and saying 'I think I need to add just a little bit here' and 'It's just not quite right yet', I am SOOOOO pleased to have finally finished it.

The most difficult part of being an artist is knowing when to stop, and this painting surely proved that to me!

Can you spot my little lizard?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Art workshops

Since holding my first art workshop at Gallery Q over 18 months ago, I have had the pleasure of meeting many aspiring artists, and am now hosting sessions from my home studio in Orewa. Here are the latest paintings from the latest 3 session afternoon workshops.

Nikki & Samantha painted beautiful lillies and a bird of paradise. They decided what composition suited the image and chose the canvas accordingly. Thay both learnt new techniques including using dry brush and were very proud of their achievement.

Maureen has a love of haute couture, and designed this beautiful image. Using analogue (adjacent) colours she has created a colour theme adding a 'zap' of colour with the lipstick and wine. Maureen learnt how to add form to her shapes using shadow and highlight, and created the added feature of some amazing 3d looking pearls.

Maureen commented 'I am a huge fan of your work and think the workshops you run are such fun and really informative you have helped me such a lot in such a short space of time.'

If you would like to know more about my art workshops you can sign up for regular newsletters from my website, or email me for further information .