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Christine Parnell

My inquisitive nature has led me on an interesting art journey, first using acrylics to paint more realistic subjects, then into an investigation of the vagaries of watercolour and its mercurial ways. Recently I have experimented with mixed media and more abstracted work.

I have lived in Hawkes Bay in New Zealand all my life and gain inspiration for my artwork from our beautiful landscape and the vibrant port city of Napier. I have been painting for over 20 years and work intuitively, getting great enjoyment from watching a painting take on a life of its own as part of the process.

I have exhibited at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, ArtX, Humanity Painters annual exhibitions, Hastings Community Arts Centre, and CAN in Napier. I was a founding member of Viva Gallery in Napier.

My work can be viewed at Bent Gum Gallery at 2 Malbec Way in Greenmeadows, Napier (open by appointment – please see website below)

I hold weekly watercolour classes and welcome enquiries. 

    • Winner of the ‘Abstract’ section at the 2021 Art Hawke’s Bay exhibition – judge John Brown
    • Winner of the ‘Movement’ section at the 2018 Art Hawke’s Bay exhibition – judge Helen Dyne

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