Skilled artist is enthusiastic people watcher
Matamata artist Anne de Silva has spent her life producing art and teaching it to others so they can enjoy the satisfaction of creating their own works of art.
From June 28, Mrs de Silva exhibit her work at Wallace Gallery in Morrinsville.
De Silva has been passionate about art for as long as she can remember.
From age nine until 12 she drew ink drawings for the children’s page in the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.
She did senior art at Hamilton High School then completed a diploma course at Elam School of Art followed by postgraduate teacher training.
After training she taught at Te Aroha College before travelling overseas to teach in London schools, which gave her the opportunity to travel widely in Europe.
While away she visited as many galleries and places of art and history as possible, trying to absorb all she could for use in her future work.
She has illustrated books, painted murals, sculpted Hinuera stone and has tried many crafts.
These days she is busy with commissioned work as well as paintings and recording her many art ideas as well as teaching.
Her exhibition People Watching contains paintings from her observations and her experiences in New Zealand and Sri Lanka where her husband is from.
‘‘I love people, they fascinate me so this exhibition is an illustration of that with a bit of Sri Lankan flavour as well,’’ she said.
People Watching is on from June 28 until July 10.
Her opening preview will be on July 1, from 2pm till 4pm.