I am a Wellington based artist and poet and the author of two books of my paintings and poems "Where Music Lives" and the award winning "Laughter and Magic Shoes".
I was born in Santiago, Chile, of Hungarian parents. We immigrated to New Zealand when I was a child and this beautiful, welcoming country became our home. Although mainly self taught as an artist I received tuition in earlier years from my grandmother, a trained and gifted artist, craftsperson and poet in her own right.
My work is inspired by people - feelings, interactions, relationships, spirituality, the ever changing dance of life and the search for meaning. I paint from the heart, with joy and always with love. I love colour, design, bold lines and folk art traditions, especially Hungarian.
In parallel with developing my art and poetry I have had a career in the business world, including as a senior executive with a major corporate and later as a business consultant.
Painting however has always been my true passion, my compass and home, and in 2006 I realised a long-term dream and opened my own Studio Gallery.
I have exhibited my paintings regularly in various cities around New Zealand including galleries in Wellington and Auckland, in Europe and in my studio gallery. My work is held in local and overseas collections and has appeared on book covers and in numerous publications.
I draw the inspiration for my paintings from the human quest to find truth and meaning within the self and within life.
There is the ever-changing and challenging inner world with its emotions, struggles, strivings, victories and defeats; there is our relationship with others and with our earth; there is the spiritual, the search for personal fulfilment and meaning, the moments of despair, of "glad grace", of inner silence and peace; there is the noticing and awareness of the small, ordinary things that can give meaning, joy and motivation; there are our myths and stories and the journeys we make both physically and in our spirit; there is the inspiration and strength drawn from our national identity and heritage.
There are also the "seasons of us", the choices we make and the consequences of those choices.
Underlying the paintings is the quest for that which gives life its true texture and meaning. This can be sometimes just a moment - a moment of perception and realization of the fundamental unity, beauty and truth behind all things.
From this moment can come courage, purpose and hope.