A tale of blessings and hope
Colourful Queenstown artist Da’Vella Gore has published her autobiography and hopes it will encourage others facing adversity.
This Blessed Artist is the tale of her 70-something years including the tale of how she started painting unintentionally.
Bedridden with a lifethreatening disease at her parent’s Whitianga motel, her mother told her to sit up and have a go at painting. ‘‘I didn’t want to. I did it to please her.’’
When her first painting sold for $20 she accepted she had some natural talent and sought tuition. A few months later she held an exhibition.
‘‘I knew then I could make a living. I needed to provide for my five-year-old son.’’
With son Wayne, she returned to her birthplace of Queenstown and purchased the rabbit-infested hillside overlooking Lake Hayes, which they developed into the magnificent Stoneridge Estate.
A car crash in the 1990s left her so badly injured it was five years before she could walk again and the effects on her eyesight left her unable to paint.
However, her faith helped her get through and son Wayne, who had been ‘‘marvellous.’’
Her struggles to develop Stoneridge are covered in her light hearted previous books This Blessed House (affectionately known as How Not to Build a House), This Blessed Life (How Not to Run a Farm) and This Blessed Journey (How Not to Plant a Vineyard).
In the meantime she had developed her career as an artist, taught art classes, came to be in demand on the speaking circuit and as a marriage celebrant.
*This Blessed Artist is available from Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown
Queenstown author and artist Da’Vella Gore has published her swan song book ‘‘This Blessed Artist.’’