Turning her passion into paint
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.
Roz Paris has her work on display at Westpac Bank in February.