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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 is gracious’ and she represents a woman of...
Robe Rouge

Robe Rouge

This work is enhanced with texture, gold leaf and glitter representing the uniqueness and value of people. I didn’t know the design of the dress when I began painting and I enjoyed the design process and seeing the final outcome.
Glorious

Glorious

I loved the process this work went through because when I began I wasn’t sure what the finished painting would look like. This is so unlike what I used to be like when I was painting mostly realist work. I enjoy the mystery with mixed media with not being totally sure...
Catalysts of Peace

Catalysts of Peace

The five ladies represent different nationalities and are wearing crowns to show their royalty as Daughters of King Jesus. There are five ladies, as the meaning of the number five is ‘grace’ and they need God’s grace to be Catalysts of Peace. There is a cross on their...
Wondering

Wondering

This young woman represents so many today who are wondering about their destiny and what her life holds for the future. Because each life is valuable and full of promise and potential I have added gold leaf to highlight the worth of an individual.
Distinguished Lady

Distinguished Lady

I’ve always loved painting folds. They fascinate me and I enjoy the three dimensional look. I love the art nouveau era and it will appear from time to time in my future works as it does in this one. Gold features over most of this work to represent the richness of who...
Regal Sisters

Regal Sisters

“Regal Sisters” is a unique art deco painting with luxury, glamour, and a hint of Klimt. The bold geometry, texture and detail make this work distinctive. Embellished with glitter and rich colors, the overall effect gives the sense of royalty and confidence. In...
Curious

Curious

This is the first of a new series. I see a young lady curious about her destiny and where she fits in the world. The gold represents the treasures of her destiny that are unique and almost within reach, yet at this point mysterious and unknown.
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 glow.
The Cross 1

The Cross 1

This abstract work is the first of my “Cross” series. As a realist at heart I found it helpful to start with a shape so I chose a cross as a focal point. I will be producing more works in this series using different colours and techniques.
The Way Through

The Way Through

This represents the twists and turns we often make before we break through to our freedom. The dark blues and purples at the top of the painting speak of the hardest time which can often come before the breakthrough. The splashes of orange, green, magenta and gold...
Let It Flow

Let It Flow

I’ve recently ventured more into abstract and having lots of fun with different colours, textures and shapes. My creativity is finding new freedom with this focus and I’m looking forward to being more creative in my future works. The title “Let It...
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...
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 hands.
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 to...
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...
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.  
Five Wise Women

Five Wise Women

These women with oil in their lamps are ready for any circumstance. They represent qualities of preparedness, resilience, and forward thinking. My motivation in painting this is to encourage women to be wise in troublesome times.
Floral Splash

Floral Splash

This bright painting will add cheer, colour, and life to any setting. With my great love of colour I have recently been drawn again to the beauty and design of flowers. As at December 2023 this painting can be viewed at The Raft Cafe, Chapel St, Tauranga.
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 aren’t.
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 back.
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 dance.
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 work.
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...
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 glow...
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 Zealand.
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 grow around the...