Focused on Creativity

Fiona Goulding

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Fiona is entirely self-taught and it is easy to see why her work is often described as ‘exquisite’.  Her finely executed oil paintings are influenced by the unequivocal beauty found in nature and the connection she feels with this, often spiritual.  She loves to get immersed in nature’s detail: its sculptural qualities, nuances of colour and affect of light.  Although inspired by Realism, she prefers her inspiration to come directly from her own findings and responses to her environment.  She has travelled extensively and it is this feeling of being unencumbered that is reflected in many of her works through the integration of migrating birds, symbolic of spiritual freedom, linking the physical and the spiritual.  Her paintings seek to convey the feeling of being in flight, and the hope brought by the spiritual journey in a physical world where the future is uncertain.

Fiona has won awards at the International Palm Art Awards 2010, the Northland Drawing and Painting Awards 2010 and the National New Zealand Art Awards, 2008, and has been a finalist for the Yellow Pages Art Award 2009 and the Margaret Stoddart Award 2009.  Her work has been exhibited and collected both in New Zealand and overseas and is featured in ‘Who’s Who in Visual Art’ (Vol. 2010-2011).

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