Patricia Howitt

Kaeo, New Zealand

South Pacific artist working in a variety of media, inspired principally by wilderness, living creatures and the mysteries of nature.

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South Pacific artist, working in a variety of media. Born in the UK, moved to Africa and then New Zealand in my early twenties. I badly wanted to do art as a career, but the family insisted on a ‘proper job’. Aaargh!

So I qualified and practised law in government for over 16 years, walking the high country on weekends and holidays – exhibiting and selling art as a sideline to keep my sanity and always subconsciously trying to escape to the outdoors. In the midst of this, I spent 2 years as full-time CEO for the NZ Deerstalkers’ Association, managing 43 branches nationwide and a National Executive. They were the happiest years of my working life.

My dad died prematurely. I moved home to the country on a 10 acre block.

Later, when my mom began to suffer from Alzheimers, I abandoned a computer graphics business I’d started locally, to care for her. For 9 years I kept in touch by working freelance on the net in graphics (mainly vector) and webdesign. The Internet helped me survive.

In July 2010 the invitation came to illustrate a book called Taketakerau The Millennium Tree , published in NZ early 2012. The brief was 36 full-page, gallery quality paintings (“none of that cartoon stuff”). 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 won 5 awards.

Peace
Patricia

Telecom Art Award for Northland 1999
Taketakerau The Millennium Tree – The Art

  • Joined: November 2009

Journal

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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