It’s ei­ther knit­ting nee­dles or paint­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - REX­INE HAWES

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.

REX­INE HAWES

Carol Cur­tis is the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts, Artist of the Month. A col­lec­tion of her work is on dis­play, and sale at West­pac.

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