Currently on show at the John Hill Estate Art Gallery;
Art by Marlene Keeley
WAIKATO artist Marlene Keeley had been painting landscapes for 23 years before, just three years ago, she discovered flowers.
She has already won an appreciative public in the flower world – including international buyers – after a series of successful exhibitions.
It hasn’t taken Marlene long to single out some favourite subjects.
“I have been painting more and more flowers and love the deep vibrant blues of hydrangeas.” she says.
Her major hydrangeas piece, which sold at the Flower & Garden Fantasia in Hamilton, created huge interest.
Marlene is largely self-taught – attending a few local night school classes and some workshops – and after years of working in oils now prefers acrylics.
With husband Des, she has been farming at Ruawaro near Huntly for 33 years but now spends more time in her art studio at Maraetai in east Auckland.
“I enjoy painting most subjects but especially enjoy the New Zealand bush,” she says. “Painting is such a rewarding hobby I would recommend it to anyone…”
Show-goers in Hamilton were impressed by the 20m x 4m back-drop in the main pavilion at Waikato Events Centre that Marlene and Coralie Schaare completed for the Waikato Orchid Society.
The massive work of Mt Pirongia was painted in 1990 in the farm barn. lt was finished in the Ruawaro Hall for the World Orchid Show in Auckland and has graced a series of shows.
Marlene Keeley can be contacted at her studio, ph 027 299 3220; ph/fax 07 826 6717 or 09 536 6968.