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Princess Diana

Princess Diana

I always had a desire to paint a portrait of Princess Diana and because I live in New Zealand and I couldn’t see her in reality or take my own photographs I started my search for the perfect photo of her to copy and paint. I found the one I liked but it was in black...

Golden City

Golden City

I spent a lot of time forming the textured foundation in the beginning stages of this painting to give it its special effect. I chose some of my favourite colours and then added gold paint to add richness and to complete this work....

Heaven to Earth

Heaven to Earth

I had such fun with textures and colours in this work.  Being a natural realist painter I find special enjoyment beginning a work with little idea of what it will look like when finished. the final touches with the gold paint gave the work that special...

Glowing Pohutukawa

Glowing Pohutukawa

The area near where I live is known for a popular walkway around a small mountain. The mountain’s name is Mauao in the Maori language (or Mount Maunganui, or simply “The Mount”). Around Christmas time each year the stunning pohutukawa trees, which...

Mauao from Matua

Mauao from Matua

Now that we are living in the beautiful Bay of Plenty I felt compelled to paint the amazing vista from near where we live in Matua, Tauranga. Pohutukawas are such a stunning tree in bloom and are always picturesque in a painting and I’ve added a special summery...

Princess

Princess

I love painting with gold paint and this work also has a beaded texture on her gown. It is one of my female studies in my ‘gold’ series. She represents...

Shayna

Shayna

I have painted with gold a little in the past but I am now bringing gold paint and soon gold leaf into most of my paintings. This is my first ‘serious’ painting in my ‘gold’ series. “Shayna” means ‘beautiful’ ‘God...

Kaiate Stream

Kaiate Stream

Kaiate Stream, Welcome Bay, Tauranga. I came across this delightful scene while going on a bush walk with my husband and three sons. The New Zealand Pongas (a native silver tree fern) and toetoes (pronounced “toi tois”, a tall native grass) along with the...

Gathering Flowers

Gathering Flowers

This work represents our journey through life to ultimate paradise, appreciating those special moments along the way. Because of my love of colour I particularly enjoyed painting this work over many...

Floral Pathway to Glory

Floral Pathway to Glory

Our life’s pathway has many curves but God is faithful and is constantly with us as we stay on His path. The flowers represent the beauty and fragrance of the presence of God and His amazing promises which encourage us along the way to...

Beside Still Waters

Beside Still Waters

God leads us beside still waters. The trees represent the different seasons in our lives. The tree without leaves reminds us of our barren times, the orange and yellow trees speak of transition and the green trees speak of being strong and fruitful. All trees are near...

Northland Outcrop

Northland Outcrop

I captured this scene with my camera and was keen to paint it. Winding roads, pathways or rivers leading into a painting make for a great composition. I chose to paint this in the expressionist style using colours that appealed to...

Poppies

Poppies

With these stylized poppies I enjoyed making a bold statement of...

Vibrant Irises

Vibrant Irises

I love painting irises and this impressionistic work I particularly enjoyed painting with the free flowing strokes of chalk...

Early Morning, Pa Hill, Hahei

Early Morning, Pa Hill, Hahei

As a colourist I love expressionism. To me it’s a very creative approach to painting scenes, as it gives freedom to use the colours that appeal, rather than being limited to what is seen with the naked...

Exotic Cardoon

Exotic Cardoon

These particular colours are some of my favourites expressed in this striking single...

Summer Pirongia

Summer Pirongia

I’ve painted Pirongia many times and this work is totally different to my others. I loved painting this very spontaneously and loved the unusual mix of colours. Hopefully you do...

Summer Blooms

Summer Blooms

While I was wandering around the Hamilton Gardens last November I was awestruck by the beautiful colour burst of flowers in the Indian Char Bagh Gardens. This was my inspiration for Summer Blooms – I was compelled to paint them so I could share what I saw in...

Orange Irises

Orange Irises

I painted this live at a ladies’ meeting. I love the freedom of painting with pastels for a live event. The complementary colours of blue and orange give this work special...

Living Word

Living Word

Hand chosen scriptures from Psalms in the Bible cover this painting. My purpose is to encourage people to know the scriptures and the promises of God so that there is more peace and security knowing God’s love for...

Angel on Assignment

Angel on Assignment

I have always loved portraying the three dimensional look in a painting and over the years it’s been revealed in much of my work including my sculpture...

Empowered

Empowered

The message behind this painting is to remind women that they are empowered, and to rise up to who they are called to be without allowing their gender to hold them...

Joy

Joy

I had the desire to express a form of joy on canvas and this was the result. Different to anything I’ve painted and but I really enjoyed the...

Hope for Christchurch

Hope for Christchurch

When I heard about the earthquake in Christchurch I had a desire to create an image of hope. To me the cathedral is symbolic of the whole city so this work is a metaphor of the rebuilding of Christchurch. I chose the words of the National Anthem as a backdrop to this...

In the Midst of It All

In the Midst of It All

Despite all the natural disasters, wars and pain and suffering in our world the cross remains as the symbol of hope, freedom, wholeness and eternal...

A Starter

A Starter

In a magic moment with my camera in Whangamata, New Zealand, I captured this scene which I was compelled to paint. The little boy was obviously a beginner fisherman and the logo on the man’s shorts “Starter” gave me a clear message on what to title this...

A Brighter Tomorrow

A Brighter Tomorrow

This is a very textured work with the positive statement “a brighter tomorrow” written into the painting. The intention is to encourage the viewer that it is within their power, with making right choices, that their tomorrows will be...

Autumn Ripples

Autumn Ripples

Hamilton, New Zealand is beautiful in autumn – and much of its beauty is seen with the autumn colours reflected in the Waikato River, so this scene was a must for me to...

Where is My Dream Man

Where is My Dream Man

This work represents young ladies having a social night out hoping to meet the man of their dreams. Your personality shines through your eyes so I have chosen to have the eyes closed so you can you put yourself into the painting, if it relates to...

Universe – In His Hands

Universe – In His Hands

This is the first of a series. I personally marvel at the stars and the universe. It displays the awesome handiwork of our creator God. It has a cross in the work as a reminder that God has the universe and His whole creation in His...

Christchurch Cathedral – There is Hope

Christchurch Cathedral – There is Hope

Christchurch’s beautiful cathedral was badly damaged in an earthquake, including losing it’s steeple. It is hoped the cathedral will be rebuilt. I was inspired to portray the cathedral in an artwork showing the damaged cathedral and a rebuilt cathedral. I wanted...

I Am Beautiful

I Am Beautiful

I love painting the female face and this one is different to what I’ve painted before because of the colours and the technique. It is the first of a series where the purpose is to build the self esteem of the viewer. With being available in prints this would be...

Ducks

Ducks

I have often taken my art students around the lakes at the Waikato University in Hamilton to capture a beautiful scene to paint. On this day my attention was drawn to the patterns and reflections on the water while the ducks were swimming. I love painting in the...

Free to be me

Free to be me

This is the second in my series on self esteem. I see people as beautiful and unique and this painting is to remind people to be free to be themselves and not be influenced to strive to be like someone they...

Hilltop Trees

Hilltop Trees

On a family outing to the top of Maungakawa Hill, Cambridge I spotted these four beautiful trees which I had to paint. This is a textured expressionist...

Joyful Poppies

Joyful Poppies

People just love poppies and they often are linked to happy memories from their past. I have painted many expressions of poppies over the years and they are fun to paint in their lovely warm...

Ti Point

Ti Point

I love painting expressionist works and my love of colour is obvious in this painting. This scene is north of Omaha Beach, New...

The King’s Daughters

The King’s Daughters

I used to be a fashion illustrator and fashion designer so I often gravitate back to painting the female form. I painted this to remind female believers that as the King’s daughters we have a royal lineage. We can hold our heads high, living confidently out of...

Succulent – Whangamata, New Zealand

Succulent – Whangamata, New Zealand

In this work I wanted to express the beauty of these succulents which grow above the seashore. The red outline complementing the green leaves gives the plant its attractive...

Entering In

Entering In

This painting came about when I woke around 5.30am one morning with this image before my eyes, and knew I had to paint it. This work is totally different to anything I have painted before. I asked God what it meant and the revelation I had was that the circles...

Dreamer

Dreamer

This textured work has my favourite complementary colours which helps the painting come alive and the diagonal lines help express the movement of...

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