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I grew up in a small country town before moving to Auckland and have been a westie for over 20 years now. As my children grew up and became more independent I began to take my creative streak more seriously, focusing mostly on painting and photography.
I joined Waitākere Arts about 15 years ago. This community of artists has been a huge encouragement and inspiration to me. Now, as part of the committee, I can do my bit to help carry on the Waitākere Arts legacy, of connecting art and community - something we are passionate about.
I believe I have been an Artist all my life. As far back as I can remember there has always been creative projects on the go. I use a plethora of methods and materials, working in wood, metal, fabrics, ferrocement, wire, glass and paint to create unique artwork.
Being a member of Waitākere Arts has immersed me into the Artist's world. One where our individuality shines through every piece that we create and exhibit. Come and join us.
A Kiwi born in Wellington 1960, I returned home from living in Northern Ireland and England in 2005.
My working life has always been of a creative nature. From technical drawing to draughtswoman in the engineering industry, then moving into the knitwear and fabric industry as a pattern maker, C.A.D, knitting and weaving machines programmer, then dyeing and finishing, all of these being part of my role as a garment technologist for many years.
After redundancy, I retrained at AUT in landscape design, construction, architecture and horticulture, which led to me becoming a self-employed gardener.
It is only fairly recently I found myself in the Artist's world, painting and later discovered the art of being a “potter”.
I have the best of both worlds! I am loving the new direction with my artwork, which includes NZ bush painting, building and creating with clay.
Originally from Canada, I have spent the last 30-odd years enjoying being a Westie - in Bethells Beach, Titirangi and Henderson.
I have always loved being creative - knitting and weaving as a child, writing poetry and stories from teenage years onward, then in my 40's moving onto painting and mixed media, assemblage and upcycling - all while working my day job as a corporate accountant.
Being part of such a vibrant, diverse and talented group within the Waitākere Arts community has been wonderful and truly inspiring!
Born and raised in South Africa, I moved to New Zealand with my young family in 2017. We settled in West Auckland and have been enjoying the diversity of the surroundings and the people ever since.
I have been drawing, painting and exploring art from a young age, and as an adult completed a diploma in photography.
I specialize in creating large scale mural panels for outdoor use, brightening up spaces in schools, medical centers and commercial businesses.
With four daughters there is never a dull moment and as they all explore their own creativity I am excited to be part of this amazing creative community.
After being a solo-artist for many years, I felt this opportunity to be part of the wider arts community came at exactly the right time for me to be able to build stronger relationships with my fellow artists and be a part of the arts community in West Auckland.
I look forward to meeting all of the current members, and new members as I grow into this role.
Kia ora, I'm originally from India. Auckland has been my home for over 22 years, been living in Henderson for last 9 years.
I am a self taught artist. I have used a range of materials over the years, watercolour/acrylics in primary years, pencil drawings, pastels, textile paints, scrapbooking during teen years and twenties, and in more recent years card making, beading jewellery, resin crafts, and painting with alcohol inks.
I discovered alcohol inks in 2017 while shopping for my card projects. Loved the vibrant, beautiful and unpredictable medium and thought to try painting with them. I also use alcohol inks with my handmade cards, to paint ceramic cups and ornaments, and to colour my resin works.
I joined Waitākere Arts as a member last year and love being part of this inspiring, talented and creative community and I am thrilled and grateful to have been given this opportunity.