Sarah Barton-Hills

I felt compelled to return to New Zealand 3 years ago, to be in the landscape I missed so much (spending 16 years in Australia).  My favourite moments are now spent on the water, with family and friends, exploring old haunts, and creating new memories.  I hope to capture something of our land and seascapes, childhood and domesticity, (and a change in pace of life my family so craved while overseas) in my painting.

Creatives who have influenced my work incl. Frida Kahlo, Richard Claremont, Euan Uglow, Mirka Mora, Carolyn Quartermaine & Henry Matisse.  These creatives have also educated my choices for both study & career, specialising in textiles design, print making, fashion & interior design, visual merchandising & styling.  Early on I experimented with painting, and with this was part of two group exhibitions; at Lopdell House, Titirangi & Artspace, High Street.

I am currently exploring elements of painting based around the human form & found objects, water and the New Zealand landscape that refer back to my great childhood fascinations; people, colour, light, pattern, and the ocean.

An art tutor urged me to explore oils while studying other art mediums in Sydney a few years ago, she know the medium would lend itself well to the way I work and she was not wrong.  And so, I began to tinker a new and I will continue to learn and explore this lushness, tactile medium for much of my life I expect.