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Watercolour New Zealand Vice PresidentI have always loved working with ink pens in a sketch book. I have sketched Veterans on Anzac Days, rugby supporters, Gothic cathedrals in France, lions in Botswana and ordinary people doing ordinary tasks.
A few years ago I started attending WNZ watercolour classes to introduce colour and contrast to my sketches.
Through WNZ Workshops and MPGs I have met a great group of painters and enjoy being a member of the Committee and Vice President.
I am the ideas person and exhibition manager for a war art exhibition "WWI in watercolours at Splash" to be staged in Wellington New Zealand 18 April - 3 May 2015 over the ANZAC commemorations.
The exhibition will include over 60 prints, sketches and watercolours by Official War artists of New Zealand and servicemen in WWI.
The collections of 4 servicemen have not been on public display in the past 100 years and include sketches by 2 men in the RNVR. Three of the servicemen were members of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.
It takes a big group of volunteers to produce 'Splash'. To also plan a commemorative ‘WW1 in watercolours’ exhibition takes a very special TEAM of five artists working together for over a year. They have to willingly explore big ideas, chase red herrings with gusto, be inspired by the servicemen’s choice of plein air subjects and enjoy all day lunches planning the exhibition.
The Splash 2015 team: