Nature as our artists see it
by Mike Isle
The different perspectives by local artists on nature in Selwyn will be on show at Selwyn Gallery in June.
Painters David Ellena and Arna Marshall showcase their inspiration in a range of acrylic paintings, and Darfield-based glass artist Lorraine Natusch brings a new range of glass works.
Their collected work is in a new exhibition at the gallery Nature Refined, which opens on Friday.
David Ellena has enjoyed painting throughout his graphic design and workshop teaching career, attracted to the arts while working alongside artists and woodcarvers in a joinery shop.
Ellena paints in acrylic, capturing scenes inspired by his travels throughout New Zealand and the local Selwyn area. His background in joinery also allows him to frame all of his own work.
Arna Marshall paints in a bright, eye-catching style, beginning with flaxes transposed onto vivid New Zealand landscapes. Mostly self-taught, she enjoys pencil sketching from various isolated locations, and works with acrylic on canvas using a range of glazing techniques.
Lorraine Natusch is a trained glass artist, having attended master classes in fusing, slumping and the lost wax casting method, among other techniques.
Natusch’s series of bowls are produced with a combination of raw natural products, to create a refined finish piece, transformed when interacting with light.
The exhibition runs from this Friday until Thursday, June 27 at the Selwyn Gallery, 17 South Terrace, Darfield.