A self-taught addict, working in a variety of media.

Born in the UK, I moved to Africa and then New Zealand with my parents in my teens. I badly wanted to do art, but the family insisted on a ‘proper job’. Aaargh!

So I qualified and practised law in government for 14 years, tramping the high country within reach of Wellington at weekends and holidays to keep sane – creating, exhibiting and selling art on the side. I was good at my job, but was always subconsciously trying to escape. Hence a stint as lawyer with the NZ Commission for the Environment and later as CEO for the NZ Deerstalkers’ Association.

My dad died prematurely, and rather than sell our property, I moved home to the country on a 10 acre block with the house half-built. The decision itself was not hard to make – but the outcome wasn’t easy: definitely character-building – and a disaster financially.

The art carried on, and a design comprising a local landscape series won the Telecom Art Award for the Northland district – the work featuring on the Northland Phone Book 2000 (25,000 copies). http://www.patriciahowitt.com/phonebook.html

My mom was beginning to suffer from Alzheimers. That meant abandoning a real-life computer graphics business I’d started and building my life around caring for her. It was 9 years sole charge, and I kept in touch by working freelance in graphics and webdesign on the net.. The Internet helped me survive.

After my mom passed away, miraculously a real life project came along – the illustration of a book, “Taketakerau The Millennium Tree” (art website at http://taketakerau.com ), published early 2012. The scope offered in the 36 full-page, gallery quality paintings was enormous, the challenge was huge – I had never painted so much to so short a deadline before, and it wrecked my sleep patterns. The book has since won 5 awards.

Now a new adventure beckons – the call of our National Park volcanoes on the Central North Island Plateau, always a favorite place (see the Volcano Country portfolio on this site). I plan to move down there within the next 12 months, God willing.


  • Joined: November 2009


Printmaking - Lithography

Like screenprinting and engraving, lithography now has a commercial application, though originally it was a fine arts process. Invented in 1798 by a Bavarian writer called Senefelder for book illustration, it used calcium carbonate based stone (hence lithography from the Greek lithos a stone) as the plate, and that is still the process used by fine artists today. The lithographic process has s…
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Printmaking - Screenprinting

Screenprinting doesn’t require a press. However, it DOES require a bit of equipment, which can be made by the handyman, and a certain amount of physical effort. Here is an edition of one of my own prints hanging up to dry in the studio I was setting up in Cambridge before plans changed and I moved up here: / The equipment consists of a stout board. to which the screen itself is hinged, us…
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Printmaking - Linocut

Linocut works on the same principle as Woodblock and Woodcut except that a sheet of linoleum is used to make the printing surface. The lino is often stuck onto a block of wood to make it easier to handle. / Lino is of course much softer and easier to cut than wood, and this makes the technique available for artists to be in control of the whole printmaking process – whereas with traditiona…
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Printmaking - Woodcut and Woodblock

Woodblock printing is an art form of East Asia where it has been used since at least 220 AD to print text and images. There are many beautiful woodblock prints from Japan – most notably from the great Japanese artist Hokusai whose famous “Great Wave off Kanagawa” is one of the best-known works of art in the world: / You can see from this picture that the artists and craftsmen s…
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