Turn­ing her pas­sion into paint

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

All an­i­mals, no mat­ter how big or small in­spire Roz Paris’s art work.

The Eng­land na­tive has a col­lec­tion of her work on dis­play this month at West­pac bank, as part of the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts monthly ex­hi­bi­tion.

Paris re­cently moved to Mata­mata from Mor­rinsville, and she says her new home is an ideal spot to nur­ture her cre­ative side.

‘‘I am a coun­try girl, I like pad­docks and all the free­dom.

‘‘I couldn’t find what I wanted in Mor­rinsville, so I looked fur­ther afield and my new house in Mata­mata backs on to a stud and I have a view of the Kaimai Range, so I can just sit on my deck and paint.’’

Be­ing nearby to a stud is just ideal for Paris, as she is pas­sion­ate about an­i­mals and horses in par­tic­u­lar.

She has been com­mis­sioned to paint many ponies and horses for clients.

‘‘I have loved horses since I was very small. But I do cat and dog por­traits and even some fer­rets. It took ages to get them to sit still so I could pho­to­graph them,’’ she laughed.

She has also been com­mis­sioned to paint pets which have since gone on to an­i­mal heaven.

Paris says she is al­ways very care­ful to en­sure it’s an ex­act like­ness.

Her ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures an­i­mals quite strongly, but also beau­ti­ful land­scapes, one of which is look­ing across the sea to­wards the Mount in the Bay of Plenty.

Paint­ing has al­ways been a part of her life, and is a joy she has car­ried through to adult­hood.

‘‘I have been draw­ing since I was a lit­tle girl, I would sit for hours and draw the cat and I won lots of prizes at school.

‘‘I love dis­play­ing my work, I have had work in a lot of ex­hi­bi­tions and shows.’’

A mem­ber of the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts has work on dis­play at West­pac each month, and a per­cent­age of all art­work sold is do­nated to Pohlen Hospi­tal.

Paris’s work will be on dis­play un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary, when another col­lec­tion from a so­ci­ety mem­ber will be on dis­play.

REXINE HAWES

Roz Paris has her work on dis­play at West­pac Bank in Fe­bru­ary.

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