Louise Thwaites

Her aim is to portray the beauty of the New Zealand landscape and convey a sense of calm and peacefulness. Louise feels that “Landscapes to a certain extent, speak for themselves and the beauty of creation. If the viewer feels uplifted looking at my paintings then my job is done.”

Louise is inspired by New Zealand’s natural landscape and many of her paintings include water, often with boats resting on calm water or misty atmospheric places. She enjoys painting scenes that are special or memorable, such her popular interpretation of the unique batches at Taylors Mistake or recreating familiar scenes which you can return to by enjoying the painting. She also has a talent for including wildlife in her work, which adds a sense of life and movement.

 

Her aim is to portray the beauty of the New Zealand landscape and convey a sense of calm and peacefulness. Louise feels that “Landscapes to a certain extent, speak for themselves and the beauty of creation. If the viewer feels uplifted looking at my paintings then my job is done.”

 

She was born in Lower Hutt and grew up on a small farmlet in Levin. Encouraged by her father, she developed a love of photography and tramping, continuing with these interests when she moved to Dunedin to study Pharmacy. Every holiday she would head for the hills to tramp with friends. Louise worked in Invercargill for a few years where she met her husband Gordon and they now live in Ilam, Christchurch.

 

Louise reflects that it took a while for her to come to painting, something she has always enjoyed from a young age. When she travelled Europe in her early twenties she was captivated by artwork from the Impressionists in France and while living in China, Louise was taken with the skills of Chinese Watercolour Artists. More recently in her early fifties, Louise was prodded by an artist friend to try a landscape painting course which was the impetus she needed to begin her journey into the art world.

 

 

Exhibitions

  • Ryman Exhibitions, Russley Village, Christchurch

  • Rotary Artarama, St Georges Hospital Cancer Care Centre

  • The Christchurch Art Show 2021

  • Crisp Café

  • Reality Bites Café