Paku from Pumpkin Hill
Milly’s on Main
07 864 7464
236 Main Road, Tairua
07 868 9063
522 Pollen Street, Thameswww.millysonmainstreet.co.nz
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, I have tried
to capture the feeling of summer on all
our beautiful beaches”, Liz explains.
“Beach scenes are a great opportunity
to study skies, wet and dry sand,
reflections and breaking waves.
I have long admired Liz’s art and
recently fell in love with another large
summer scene she did of Tairua
Beach, but I missed out when it sold
very quickly (as many of Liz’s paintings
do). I did purchase another cover piece
featuring the belted galloway cows
“Grazing under the Pinnacles” for my
mother-in-law, who adored that one.
“I enjoy painting in most mediums.
is acrylic on
canvas,” adds Liz. “But I also use
watercolour and water based oils –
and create etchings and mono prints.
However, loosely painted, wet-into-wet
watercolour is probably my favourite.
I limit the amount of colours I use in a
work which helps to ensure harmony.”
Liz thinks “some people may
perceive watercolour as a ‘wishy-
washy’ medium. How wrong they
are! Watercolours have a certain
immediacy and charm that fascinates
me. The essence to me is the delicate
balance between control and the
natural flow of the medium.”
Liz attended Whitecliffe College of
Art in Parnell and Mairangi Bay Art
School on the North Shore where her
interest in watercolour blossomed
while studying with Ted Sherwen. She
also trained there in print making with
She immersed herself in the Italian art
world when travelling with Argentinian
artist Alvaro Castagnet, and also
travelled with renowned Australian
David Taylor, both highly respected
“I’ve always thought, ‘learn what your
style of painting is and accept that’.
Each of us has our own personality for
a reason, and we should use it in our
painting. This is reflected in The Little
Gallery artists’ work.”
Liz admires that there’s something
for everyone at this eclectic haven in
Tairua. Her artwork is also displayed at
the Bread & Butter Gallery in Whitianga
and the Tararu Gallery in Thames.
She has exhibited in solo and group
shows, and artworks by Liz are held in
collections both here and overseas.
Liz’s studio is open during the Mercury
Bay Art Escape in March, so stop by
64 Manaia Road in Tairua to meet
her and discuss her work.
welcomes studio visits by appointment
and invites commissions. Contact her
at Ph: 07 864 7969 M: 022 406 1357
Note: Read here for a lively ‘Art Chat’
Liz presented at The Little Gallery,www.goo.gl/q8RNcM.
to her final question? “Make brilliant
colour your hero!”