Put on the spot...

Last week I had the honour of being invited to show with the Marlborough Society of Arts exhibition 'Figure' which is on view until the 22nd Dec. At the opening I was awarded a critics prize and unexpectedly asked to speak about my work. Heres what I had to say followed by the critics words about the work.

Upcoming group shows!

Hey everyone! 

I hope my fellow southern hemisphere folks are staying warm and the rest of you are enjoying some warmer weather! Im hanging out for my tropical holiday in July but before then theres plenty of work to do!

Just a heads up for a few group shows coming up in the next few months- check out 'UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS' tab for full details. 

Here are some images to give you a taste of the work soon available.

Message me through the contacts page to enquire.

Teaser of my painting 'MotherEarth' for the group show Aeternus with Alexiera Gallery.

Teaser of my painting 'MotherEarth' for the group show Aeternus with Alexiera Gallery.

Blue and Blush, part of the group show Collectors Starter Kit at Corey Helford Gallery 

Blue and Blush, part of the group show Collectors Starter Kit at Corey Helford Gallery 

Refraction, 1 of 3 paintings in the group show 'Underneath' at Lawrence Alkin Gallery London

Refraction, 1 of 3 paintings in the group show 'Underneath' at Lawrence Alkin Gallery London

Its almost TIME!!

I'm in the final week before my solo show opens at Corey Helford Gallery in LA and the excitement is building!

The paintings have all arrived safely (they'll be hung at the end of the week), I fly out on Thursday night and will arrive...Thursday, after 16 hours of travel time. Friday will be print signing day at the gallery and gathering my bearings of the local area. My husband is now coming too and I can't wait to explore the Arts District with him.

But Saturday night- 7-11pm, I'll be the one sweating by the paintings of women surrounded by gestural paint.

Wish me luck! Its a pretty big adventure this time. Hope the big smoke is kind to this NZ girl.

Mx

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Painting tips for hair

‪#‎paintingtip‬ The trick to hair is to not try and paint every hair but to look at the depths and highlights to 'suggest' hair. The eye fills in the rest and you perceive hair but it still has the life of a painting rather than a copy of a photograph. And to be honest, hair makes me sweat every time. Concentration to the power of infinity, drawing on every bit of experience I have. It takes a lot of practice before it becomes less intimidating.

Then to work the hair into the background, keep the paint wet (alla prima- this is why I love oil paint) allowing some blending to occur but not letting the blend go muddy. Of course there are a mountain of ways you can address this edge problem. This is just the way I prefer. Happy painting 💙

(Close up) Work in progress for  for the Anomie Belle album release show at Modern Eden opening August 5th. See my events page for more details.

(Close up) Work in progress for  for the Anomie Belle album release show at Modern Eden opening August 5th. See my events page for more details.

Abstracted Love - the paintings and poems

After Id completed all the paintings for my next solo show Abstracted Love (Friends Of Leon Gallery, opens 26th May) my partner Carsten and I were sitting in my studio discussing the body of work. To my astonishment, a little later on, Carsten presented a poem about one of the pieces, 'Once We Were'.

I’ve kept you a secret garden path grown over with new green life,

And I’ve walked past you in crowds and pretended not to
Fight my way back through the undergrowth.
When the wind drops and the trees part I sometimes happen into you in sacred clearings of indulgence No one knows how to get there but me, and no one knows what meeting you there costs me.

And I keep only just enough landmarks to find my way back,
To a place that reminds me of how we once were.

Once We Were, oil and silver leaf on board, 900 x 900mm

Once We Were, oil and silver leaf on board, 900 x 900mm

I was overwhelmed and touched by the words that so eloquently expressed what my painting was about. And then, he kept writing… more to come soon.

MMx