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Vonnie Sterritt

Vonnie Sterritt

Full time working artist

Vonnie was born in Clyde, Central Otago, she has a Fine Arts Degree from Canterbury University and is a Post Graduate of Massey University.She has worked as an illustrator for the University of British Columbia, Canterbury and Massey Universities and is the Illustrator of the "Maketu" series of children's books by Taramea Publishing. Vonnie's paintings celebrate the colour and light aspects of what are unique New Zealand landscape compositions, particularly the Manawatu.

International Exhibitions include, Vancouver, (Canada), Missoula, (Montana), (supported in part by a Palmerston North City Council Creative Arts Grant) , and St Louis, (Illinois). as a result of her International Reputation she was awarded a Resident Artist Scholarship to Southern Illinois University in 2006.

Vonnie has exhibited widely in New Zealand both as an invited artist and solo exhibitor.

ARTIST STATEMENT

"I paint because I do not know how not to!

Painting is both an obsession and vocation.

Growing up within the surrounds of the Clutha and now the Manawatu rivers mean water described gorges and plains are so much a part of who I am. Overwhelming light, skies, seasons, and landforms allow me enormous compositional scope. I am convinced there is a connection between painter and landscape that is emotionally intimate. My particular connection is the Manawatu river and the way old macrocarpa and Nikau punctuate this regions' landscape.

My endeavour is to construct beautiful paintings, with that little extra something, born out of the gift I have been given."

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Vonnies Paintings


  • The Pohangina River

    The light sparkles off the willows and poplars. This painting began in the field, (plein air).
    Warm gentle and easy to live with

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  • Light through the old Macs

    Macrocarpa trees are so much a part of the Manawatu. Old shelter belts continue to line the plain. I love them for their character, shadows and cast light, and have painted them continually.

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  • Gore Bay

    This is where the family Bach is... and a million wonderful memories. I hope I reflected everything this place means in this painting

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  • The Clearing

    Originally this painting started as plien air. I find the West Coast inspirational. Particularly the Nikau Palms and small clearings dotted with cows.

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  • Pohangina towards Totara Reserve

    This work uses scarffito to draw the image prior to applying layering acrylics wash and glaze.The work was drawn on site near the tank on the hill above the Reserve cliffs. With Totara Reserve in the left for ground. The river is the Pohangina.

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  • Evening At Peka Peka Beach

    Evening tones and gentle stillness, painted mostly Plein Air

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  • Winter on the Manawatu River

    Fabulous warm tones complete this beautifully lit composition. A joy to paint.

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  • The Girls

    Summer in the Manawatu, these lovely jersey cows were picnicking in the afternoon. A plien air beginning and the painting was finished in the studio.

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  • The Falls

    An energetic gestural painting, inspired by Van der Velden, my favourite early New Zealand artist. He, however would not approve of the colour nor expression. This work is a current favourite of mine.

     

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  • The Ellery

    Towards the Arawata, West Coast of NZ. I have a friend living at Haast, one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand accessing the relatively undiscovered rough rivers and dense New Zealand bush. A wonderful place to paint.

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  • The Manawatu Walkway

    Plien Air painted on site on a beuatiful day down at the Manawatu River.

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