Artist’s pas­tel piece sits pretty at top


Af­ter be­ing in­spired by her fa­ther’s draw­ings, Wendy Butcher has al­ways had an artis­tic bent.

Butcher said she re­mem­bered get­ting in trou­ble for doo­dling in class and drawing when­ever she had the chance.

To­day, the Pare­mata artist still fills her life with art and was re­cently picked as one of the best at a na­tional pas­tel ex­hi­bi­tion.

Her art­work, Re­flec­tions, won the Pas­tel As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand ex­hi­bi­tion that is on at Pataka un­til June 7.

She en­tered two pieces in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The win­ner was of a photo she took on her daily walk along Cam­borne Walk­way.

This was her first time ex­hibit­ing an art­work us­ing pas­tels and when asked if she thought she would win, Butcher said, ‘‘Not at all.’’

‘‘I was like a pos­sum caught in the head­lights.

‘‘I didn’t ex­pect to win, not on the first time en­ter­ing,’’ Butcher said.

She had been striv­ing to take her art to a more pro­fes­sional level and was thrilled to be recog­nised.

Both her pieces were de­mand­ing, but Butcher said she was pleased with how they turned out.

‘‘I love the free­dom in­volved in the process. With pas­tel you work from dark to light and you have to go in del­i­cately to get the best out- come.’’

Butcher trav­els New Zealand with her hus­band pick­ing up ideas for her next art­work and is plan- ning a trip to the South Is­land.

Purely Pas­tel is an an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion aimed at pro­mot­ing New Zealand pas­tel artists.


Wendy Butcher took top spot for her pas­tel art­work of Cam­borne walk­way. It has been in the pas­tel ex­hi­bi­tion at Pataka.

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