Nature’s Heart

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir It’s why I’m inspired to paint!  The feeling of completing the cycle, from inspiration in the wilderness, the long conversations and a sense of place,… Continue reading Nature’s Heart

Get in the Sun

    Living off the grid you learn to adjust your behaviour to minimise your power usage. So during a week of blazing sunshine it was something of a surprise to run out of power! At Hou Ngahere we have a basic but very effective solar system. Starting with just the two panels (on the… Continue reading Get in the Sun

The silent observers…

  Recently returned to the studio briefly for a varnish, ‘The Watchers’ is one of my favourites from the Heaphy Track on the West Coast. The last day of the five day hike is heading South along the beach through the forests of Nikau Palms (the worlds most southerly palm species). They stand like guardians… Continue reading The silent observers…

Behind the Vail

My little painting of the Aspens in Vail is now winging its way to New York, sold at the fundraising auction during my latest Diamond Approach Retreat.   Together and yet alone,  venturing behind the veils  into the universe of the unknowing  – relaxed and confident?  “The clearest way into the Universe is through a… Continue reading Behind the Vail

The Last Post

Today its appropriately raining heavily for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme in 1916…. remembering the mud and stench of the rain filled trenches. A hell of futility not to be forgotten in the strange times we live in today. Its especially poignant for me to remember my Great… Continue reading The Last Post

The crack of Dawn!

My latest work in progress, the cracking of dawn at Woodpecker Bay….its getting me up in the mornings! “To paint is to love again, live again, see again. To get up at the crack of dawn in order to take a peek at the water colors one did the day before, or even a few… Continue reading The crack of Dawn!

A Sliver of Hope!

  Spring rains over Wellington Harbour, embedded into so many of my earliest memories, deep into my heart’s core… My latest painting, embarking on its journey into the world    “I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway,… Continue reading A Sliver of Hope!