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New Zealand Artist / Painter

Hello, welcome to my art studio.  I am an artist born and living with my family in Waitakere NZ.  I paint in oils, acrylics, and watercolour and have been painting since I was 11 years old (28 years).  I have painted a variety of different artworks including portraits, landscapes, flowers, and I developed a fun style known as Birds in Uniform. 

  I did study a fine arts degree and among many amazing art teachers I had were  Julian Dashper, Richard Fahey, Saskia Leek and Julian Hooper (Unitec, Bachelor of Design majoring in painting 2002 - 2005)

I currently do commissioned paintings of birds wearing knitted jumpers (an extention of my Birds in Uniform series).  I also do landscapes and landscape commissions,  as well as my own series of paintings I want to explore and extend my skills in. 

A new series I have been working on involves cleaning up native Rimu timber floorboards and painting native birds on them, in particular I paint Kingfishers as they are residing nearby and I am inspired by their beautiful colour and skills in nature.  The  floorboards are from old demolished houses.  These floorboards have lots of character and it is a beautiful material with stunning results at the end.  These as well as my other paintings are available from Red Peach Gallery, or Otautau Gallery.  In 2024 I will be exhibiting some Rimu paintings in Zealandia in Wellington as part of their group show "for the birds" and this year in 2023 I have a painting in the Craigs Aspiring Art awards exhibition in Wanaka which is from a recent series of Pohutukawa trees I have been studying.

I think my past highlights were a show  at the Corbans Estate art gallery in 2011,  painting portraits which featured in the Katherine Mansfield film, and making paintings which were published in school books in Rwanda to show the importance of their natural wildlife and environment,  and when I was younger having my art featured on the front page of the herald for coming 3rd in the Adams Portraiture award in 2000 (secondary school age) 

Thanks for reading, thanks for your kind support and feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I appreciate hearing from you.

About: Bonnie
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