French influence in paintings

A number of local scenes will feature in Pam Naylor’s exhibition at Whangaparaoa Library next month.

Gulf Harbour painter Pam Naylor will hold a solo exhibition at the Whangaparaoa Library, from March 18 to April 1.

And while locals will recognise many of the scenes depicted in the 20 paintings in the show, some will also reflect the 14 years Pam lived in Perpingan, in the south of France.

“That’s where I started to paint with the guidance of a friend who had been an art teacher for 30 years,” Pam says.

“I have always loved to draw and sketch, but have never had any formal art education. When my friend moved back to the United Kingdom, I joined a mixed age and ability group in Perpingan. I learned a great deal by watching what others were doing and developed a particular interest in acrylics and landscapes.”

Originally from the UK, Pam and her husband joined their daughter in NZ in 2016.

“I am inspired by the beautiful local countryside and now have the problem of what to do with the product of my enthusiasm!

“The purpose of my exhibition at the Whangaparaoa Library is to try to reach out into the community to enable me to continue doing what I love and, hopefully, get some commissions so that I don’t end up with the garage space full to the rafters.”

Pam works from photographs, mainly on canvas, but also likes to use pen and ink, and has dabbled with watercolours and pastels.


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