With art there is al­ways more to learn

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

‘‘I love teach­ing as much as I love paint­ing.’’

Mata­mata artist Pa­tri­cia Win says you never stop learn­ing.

Born and ed­u­cated in Mata­mata, Pa­tri­cia has spent the last 10 years in the Bay of Plenty and re­turned to her home town six months ago and im­me­di­ately joined the So­ci­ety of Arts.

‘‘They are lovely friendly peo­ple, I re­ally en­joy it.’’

A col­lec­tion of her work is on dis­play at West­pac, as the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Art’s Artist of the Month.

An­i­mals fea­ture dom­i­nantly in her ex­hibit at West­pac, but if you ask her she will say she doesn’t have a favourite sub­ject. ‘‘Hon­estly I like ev­ery sub­ject. ‘‘I like, if pos­si­ble, to cre­ate a par­tic­u­lar mood. It’s the mood of any paint­ing or at­mos­phere that will sell it. I like to add the quirky or com­i­cal piece.’’

She has been teach­ing art for 13 years and hopes to start classes in Mata­mata next month from her home.

‘‘What I cover is all sub­jects for be­gin­ners in­clud­ing wildlife, land­scapes, por­traits, seascapes and flow­ers.

‘‘I love teach­ing as much as I love paint­ing. I am­re­ally pas­sion­ate about that. I just love pass­ing on some­thing to peo­ple who want to learn to paint.’’

De­spite be­ing a teacher, she ad­mits she will never stop learn­ing.

‘‘If you are go­ing to teach six dif­fer­ent sub­jects, then you have to prac­tise each one.’’

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