Scott an artist of many tal­ents

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION - By KRIS DANDO

Kerry Scott hap­pily has a foot in two camps when it comes to her art.

The Pukerua Bay res­i­dent won this year’s Pataka Friends Arts Award.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which wrapped up on Sun­day at Pataka Mu­seum, show­cased lo­cal artists in medi­ums from sculp­ture to pho­tog­ra­phy to paint­ing.

Judge Gerda Leenards had a chal­leng­ing task pick­ing a win­ner in the open cat­e­gory, and Scott’s acrylic piece, Out­door Liv­ing, won the day.

‘‘ I was pretty shocked,’’ Scott said.

‘‘There’s such a high stan­dard. I en­tered to get feed­back on how my paint­ing was com­ing along. Win­ning is great be­cause it gives me con­fi­dence with my art.’’

Scott trained as a graphic de­signer, but th­ese days her time is taken up with com­mu­nity projects around Porirua.

Her sculp­ture can be seen on the round­about as you come into Ranui. She will be adding mo­saics to the foot­path in the sub­urb and will work with Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion on the de­sign of new beach­front seat­ing.

She said be­ing recog­nised for her art was help­ful.

‘‘I had some time off last year, so I was re­ally able to work on my paint­ing. With sculp­ture and my other com­mu­nity projects, ev­ery­thing has to be pre­cise, but paint­ing al­lows you more free­dom and I’ve re­ally en­joyed that.’’

Out­door Liv­ing, which sold for $1100, de­picts what Scott sees reg­u­larly in her nat­u­ral Pukerua Bay sur­round­ings.

‘‘I didn’t have to go too far to get in­spi­ra­tion. It’s a beau­ti­ful place.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Award-win­ning:

Kerry Scott with her ac­claimed paint­ing, Out­door Liv­ing.

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