Sarah Gordon

The East Coasts of New Zealand act as a magnet for me, dry grass on hills sweeping down to the water, rocks, sand dunes or cliffs, holiday patches or farms.

 

I am often on or overlooking an ocean or sea and the water has always been a big influence on my life and works. The east coasts of New Zealand act as a magnet for me, dry grass on hills sweeping down to the water, rocks, sand dunes or cliffs, holiday patches or farms. Growing up in rural coastal Gisborne and now enjoying life in both Gisborne and the Coromandel, I’m definitely settling back into my East Coast roots. Recently living aboard a yacht and painting on the Mediterranean Sea has given me an even deeper love of coastlines in other cultures.

Inspirations in my life have been

  • Growing up in rural Gisborne, the East Cape and recently moving to the Coromandel each with their own East Coast personalities. 

  • Travelling to the dry sands of the Middle East, lush greens of Vietnam and Cambodia, hot reds of Central and North Australia.

  • Sailing around a bleached out, hot Mediterranean Sea.

  • Landscaping and Landscape Design in Wellington for many years kept a pencil in my hand and when watching the Wellington "breeze" play on the water.

Mediums

I work with acrylics in either buttery thick or thin-multiple glaze layers. Most of my paintings are applied with an acrylic version of encaustic technique on either plywood, board, canvas or very heavy paper. I often describe my painting style as "abstractly moving the paint around" especially when applied with a wide silicon spatula tool which has been my preferred painting tool for the last two years.