Paulas paintings feature mostly New Zealand coastal landscapes.
“We live on an island there is water all around us, I love the space
between land and sea…the coast”. Her recent paintings feature shifting
shades of blue turquoise and green. “Im into tranquillity in my work at the moment.”
“In my paintings I love a horizon which allows the eye to drift off into the distance, I love open space filled with tranquil colour and then bringing the eye into the foreground to explore the detail and intense colours of the featured costal botanicals such as flax, pohtakawa, cabbage trees and beach grasses.”
“Summer for me is a time when the coast is at its most beautiful. The colours are vivid, the grasses dry and golden the sea stunning shades of blues and greens and of course are majestic pohutakawas adding their impossibly rich shades of red.
This is a time when Im always out in the wilderness gaining inspiration and taking photographs. I love the natural environment and conserving every last peace of it is vital to every living thing. I hope I can inspire and celebrate the purity and joy of it through my paintings and hopefully remind people of how precious and rare it is.”
You can keep in touch with Paula’s creative world on her Facebook page Paula Knight Artist
Paula Knight grew up beside beautiful Mount Maunganui Beach in the Bay of Plenty. In London, Paula worked in design and studied life painting in oils at Wimbledon School of Art. A two year journey travelling through Africa saw her botanical painting career begin.
Paula’s background as a watercolour botanical artist shows in the intimate detail of her work.
“With the botanical studies I only paint from life to gain the purist understanding of colour, texture, form and light.”
Paula’s work has hung in numerous galleries around New Zealand and has attracted international attention.
Paula has exhibited in the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Fest since its beginnings; both her work and her garden have a distinctive New Zealand native appeal.
Paula has had two series of NZ Flora and Fauna paintings published by an international card company and have featured on magazine covers. Paula’s paintings and gardens have been featured on the Australian garden television series Garden Gurus.
Charities Paula has supported:
Tauranga Women's Refuge