Di West presents a delightful exhibition of wild and not so wild friends of hers.
Visit again soon for more information and stories about these curious creatures.
"..This unique exhibition is the culmination of many years of fascination with the
passive expression, hence my intrigue with face to face portraits.
I enjoy creating artworks where the viewer is fully engaged and can create a narrative of their own.
These paintings are all portraits with ideally, a ‘resting face’. What do the eyes tell you? What are they
I strive for a sense of drama; in that they have a black background which focuses the viewer solely on the
subject at hand. That way, in my mind, I am creating paintings, not pictures. I study and research each
subject carefully before committing them to a drawing and then crafting the image with oil paint. Every
portrait I paint provides me with the opportunity to create a work of art that exhibits both beauty and
My work is represented by major galleries in New Zealand and Australia and I am fortunate to have won
many awards for both my paintings and my sculpture.
I have a Diploma, and a Master’s in Fine Art Degree and my studio is in Opua, the Bay of Islands. In the last couple of years I have extended my art practice to include teaching the art of painting."
- Di West