Skilled artist is en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple watcher

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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