I’ve always loved paintings and drawings, and got into watercolors a few years ago. I had painted oils in the past, but was getting frustrated with the amount of time they take to dry – and the smell! Oh dear god, the smell of turps and oil paint when you live in a 1 bedroom flat is horrendous!
My mum had always wanted a painting of the Chelsea Sugar Works. I had always kept an eye out for one, but never found any. Then one day I had an epiphany – why don’t I try to paint one? Since I had previously only done abstract paintings, this was going to be a challenge. So I took some classes and workshops on how to paint watercolours, and did many YouTube tutorials, and you know what? I absolutely loved it! Watercolour was now my new medium.
I now have quite a few paintings of the Chelsea Sugar Works, and focus on painting New Zealand landscapes/icons, and NZ birds. I’m now combining my love of indian ink with watercolour, and am refining my style. Every painting I do evolves, and I love that with watercolour – you never know how it will turn out! It is always a surprise.
I’ve also been very lucky to combine my love of painting with one of my other passions – chocolate! Check out the range of Kiwiana Watercolours here – I highly recommend these chocolates, they are absolutely divine!