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June 22, 2020
Te Werahi Beach: work in progress (1)

At the far, far north of New Zealand, there is a beautiful beach called Te Werahi Beach which leads to Cape Maria van Diemen, the westernmost point of the North Island of New Zealand. This beautiful scene shows the beautiful white sands ...

May 28, 2020
Selected for NZ Art Show Online

I am thrilled to have been selected to exhibit in the annual NZ Art Show which this year is online because of the Covid-19 issues. The NZ Art Show website states: The 2020 NZ Art Show was cancelled in response to Covid-19. However, to sh...

May 22, 2020
Somewhere Near Taupo: work in progress (3)

I have nearly finished this challenging painting. It has been challenging because it is a composite scene from a number of photos and with a number of different elements which I have tried to place into a workable composition. For that r...

May 16, 2020
Upgraded website pics

I have been really concerned about the quality of pics that I have been able to post on this website, especially those pics that relate to my paintings. My concern was that I want to display my paintings well, especially because I am loo...

April 30, 2020
Somewhere Near Taupo: work in progress (2)

I’m making some progress on this interesting scene, making some compositional changes as I go! I have repositioned the feature tree on the right of the scene, I’ve changed the shape of the stream and I’m starting to add a broken pathway ...

April 20, 2020
Somewhere Near Taupo: work in progress (1)

I have started a new painting I’m calling “Somewhere Near Taupo” which recognises one of the “standard answers” we used with our children when they were young. As parents, we know what it is like to have to answer these repeated questi...

March 28, 2020
Sunset at Milford Sounds: work in progress (4)

Nearly finished with this stunning scene of a beautiful sunset at Milford Sounds, in the South Island of New Zealand. I need to go back over the whole painting adding detail & finishing layers but what has been a long task is...

Sunset at Milford Sounds 3
March 11, 2020
Sunset at Milford Sounds: work in progress (3)

I’ve spent some more time working on this painting of a beautiful sunset at Milford Sounds in Fiordland, New Zealand! There is work to do on the small rocks at the bottom of the painting and I need to add a large flax bush with yellow fl...

Beautiful Milford Sound sunset
March 6, 2020
Sunset at Milford Sounds: work in progress (2)

I’ve finally had some time to work on this challenging painting of a beautiful sunset at Milford Sounds in Fiordland, New Zealand! There are several layers still to add to the clouds and the hill on the right. There is more detail to be ...

March 5, 2020
Artists Revealed Exhibition

I am one of forty artists who are being exhibited in the Artists Revealed Exhibition this month at the Mairangi Arts Centre! My painting entitled “High Country Farm & Gates” is the painting I am exhibiting (see below). The dates for the ...

Sunset at Milford Sounds
January 27, 2020
New Painting: Sunset at Milford Sounds

I have just started “blocking in” the mid-tones as the base layer for this painting of a beautiful sunset at Milford Sounds – a stunning location and an iconic New Zealand scene. This painting is on high quality, archival grade canvas mo...

January 3, 2020
Whangarei Waterfalls: WIP (4)

Work in progress on the painting of the Whangarei Waterfalls has been a little slower than expected. However, I’m nearly finished. There are just some highlights and fine details to put in here and there which will not take that...

Whangarei Waterfalls WIP (3)
December 21, 2019
Whangarei Waterfalls: WIP (3)

This is the third work in progress update on my painting of the beautiful Whangarei Waterfalls. Some more work on the flow of water through the river/stream and some final highlights & details to go....

Whangarei Waterfalls: WIP 2
December 10, 2019
Whangarei Waterfalls: WIP (2)

Work in progress on my new painting of the beautiful Whangarei Waterfalls. I have done much of the top third of the painting with just a couple of layers to go on the waterfall & some of the bush. I am hoping to finish these areas in the...

Whangarei Waterfalls (1)
November 25, 2019
Whangarei Waterfall: Work In Progress (1)

I’ve just started on my next painting which is of the beautiful Whangarei Waterfalls. I have “blocked in” much of the painting and I have started with the areas furthest away, so the sky, the waterfall and the bush on the right. There ar...

Artists Portable spray Booth
November 19, 2019
Portable Spray Booth for Artists

It seems that a lot of artists need a portable spray booth. Those who spray or paint varnishes on their paintings usually have issues with fumes and also with wind blowing the spray around. I would like to share my solution with you whic...

simple but efficient glass palette for paint mixing
September 17, 2019
Glass palette for paint mixing. A triumph!

My new glass palette works extremely well! My plan is to put together a Youtube video with details of how I made this pallet and the materials used. I am thrilled with how it works for paint mixing and for cleaning up afterwards! I had b...

High Country Farm With Gate
September 10, 2019
Latest landscape painting in progress

My current project is a painting of a South Island high country farm scene featuring beautiful mountains and a large farm gate, all wrapped up in colourful autumn tones. I have nearly finished what has been a fascinating but challenging ...

August 28, 2019
Estuary Arts Exhibition

I have three paintings on display at the Estuary Arts Exhibition in Orewa. This excellent exhibition runs through until September 1st, 2019. Exhibiting my paintings has been a valuable experience and has opened up a couple of doors with ...

July 2, 2019
Two Up-Coming Exhibitions

It has been confirmed that I have been selected to exhibit my painting Aoraki/Mt. Cook Autumn in the Mairangi Arts Centre’s Members Exhibition. YEAH! Also I will have three paintings (Maple Glen Delight, Waitomo Farmland In Autumn and Hi...

Exhibiting at Fernielea Café
January 25, 2019
Exhibiting at Fernielea Café

Friday 25th January, the first two of my paintings are being exhibited and are on sale at the Fernielea. Café in Coatesville, Auckland. A scary moment but we will see what happens. The café owner was very encouraging and very...

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