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Baker, Dora

Address: 3 Edinburgh St Patea 4520 South Taranaki
Phone: Ph: 06 273 8915 | 027 201 9687
Website: www.facebook.com/dora.baker.90226

Painting is when I lose track of time, when I see the magic that is nature, the texture of a leaf, the richness of colour in a flower, the sparkling raindrop, the amazing structure of a plant. How can they all be so different?? Then there is the sheen on the feathers of our native birds, the delicate beauty of butterflies, the intricate veining on the wings of dragonflies and the reflections on the water’s surface. The challenge of capturing this is my passion.

I only started painting again in 2010 having not touched a paintbrush since my teenage years.

My ‘restart’ was prompted by two key factors. Firstly was seeing the frustration my then husband experienced when photographing plants in the wild (and in gardens) and then when seeing them on the screen, or more particularly when they are printed; and seeing his disappointment at the lack of accuracy in colour rendition.

Secondly was seeing the work of botanical illustrator / artist Susan Worthington and being inspired to “give it a go”. As I said to her, if I can at least capture the correct colour and size of the plant when we are out “in the wilds” and enough detail along with my husband’s photography would she be able to complete a drawing and painting from that?? And as they say - the rest is history.

Finally my intense interest in Botanical Illustration is also driven by my nursing / health profession. The increasing resistance to modern antibiotics, and the struggle to find new ones, means I believe, we need to go back to the plants for our next generation of medicines. We are losing so many species before they have even been assessed for their potential for medicine, it is scary. But this is another story...

Now I work with watercolour, acrylic or colour pencils depending on the topic or where I am; and the outcome I wish to achieve.


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