It’s either knitting needles or painting
Carol Curtis is at home with either knitting needles or a paint brush in her hands.
The Matamata Society of Arts member has a selection of her paintings on display at Westpac this month.
She started painting in high school, sitting at the top of the class for School Certificate art.
However, it took a back seat for a number of years until she decided to paint her beloved pooch in 2014 and the passion returned.
‘‘She was just there and I had all the materials and thought I’d like to get back into it.
‘‘Then I thought what can I do next?’’
It was Roxanne Hanson at Pumpkin Heads Art Studio that helped fine tune her skills.
‘‘She was really inspirational and is so hands on. She gave me so many pointers, which I adapted into my works.’’
Curtis goes through phases, and right now she is passionate about the flapper ladies from the 1920s, and enjoys adding a 3D effect into her art work.
Bold images of women are a dominant feature in her exhibition, but she likes to jump from one thing to the next.
She is starting to research New Zealand birds and is considering adding Maori koru through the images.
The acrylic artist says she can easily spend a few weeks on one project and likes to keep at it till its completed.
Curtis admits she is a bit of a night owl, and can work into the night.
‘‘I don’t watch a lot of TV. I am one of these people who can’t sit still. If I amnot knitting, I am painting.’’
Curtis is sharing her exhibition with Natasha Rive, who was born with optic dysplasia, which affects her vision.
The artist also has autism, but nothing holds her back. She is a St John Cadet, and loves helping people. The New Zealand emergency services feature heavily in her exhibition.
Her collection is for sale, a percentage will go to Pohlen Hospital, but she is also fundraising for a personal goal of visiting the Royal Guard in England.
Carol Curtis is the Matamata Society of Arts, Artist of the Month. A collection of her work is on display, and sale at Westpac.