It’s about paint­ing for joy, not for money

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

Mata­mata artist Bar­bie Brown loves to paint.

But it’s not rev­enue that drives her pas­sion, it’s to bring other peo­ple joy.

The Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Art mem­ber has a col­lec­tion of her work on dis­play at West­pac this month.

Her works are heav­ily in­spired by the sea and ar­chi­tec­ture.

One of her fea­tured paint­ings is called ‘‘free spirit’’. It’s a young girl run­ning along the black sand of a West Coast beach.

‘‘I used to spend hours run­ning along the beach as a child.

‘‘It’s what drives my in­spi­ra­tion to paint coast lines.’’

She paints by or­der, but they are given away to fam­ily and friends.

It’s the abil­ity to pass her work along that brings her joy, es­pe­cially to her chil­dren.

‘‘They tell me what they like and they all have ideas of what they want. I don’t have any at home now, the kids and friends take them home.

‘‘Giv­ing my paint­ings away is a plea­sure. And I don’t mind at my age, it’s a hobby now that I am re­tired.’’

Brown has al­ways loved art. As a nurs­ing stu­dent in Palmer­ston North, she would paint the win­dows of the wards at Christ­mas time.

But a voucher from one of her sons and his wife for Pump­kin Heads Art Stu­dio, with lo­cal artist Rox­anne Han­son re­ally got her pas­sion flow­ing.

‘‘She was won­der­ful,’’ she says of her early teacher. ‘‘Pump­kin Heads re­ally got me go­ing.’’

Brown now takes classes with Wayne Sin­clair, part owner of Sin­clair Bar­clay Gallery in Cam­bridge.

But de­spite learn­ing from an ex­pert, Brown says she likes to paint her own way.

‘‘I just sit down and pot­ter at the kitchen bench and sketch it on a pad.

‘‘As I go I make a lot up and I think about things. I am not con­ven­tional, there are no rules in art,’’ she laughed.

‘‘Thats what I love about oils, if you mess it up you can fix it. It doesn’t dry quickly, so you can scrape it off or push them around.’’

Brown has now been a mem­ber of the so­ci­ety for three years.

‘‘I have met so many tal­ented lovely, lovely peo­ple. It’s quite spe­cial’’

REXINE HAWES

Bar­bie Brown’s ex­hi­bi­tion at West­pac is in­spired by coast­lines and the sea.

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