Living high on the hill overlooking the Christchurch and surrounding hills gave Barbara Robinson a panoramic view of the earthquake devastation to the beloved city and environs. What had provided rich inspiration then wrought sadness and so a sea change was sought.
Waiheke Island now provides a whole new rich environment for her practice. After the earthquakes, she revisited an idea, she had many years ago, of upcycling her Father’s landscape oil paintings on boards. Gordon Pettigrew, was a prolific artist between 1972-1988. After his death 20 years ago, he left a huge collection of unfinished work, which begged to be seen again, albeit in a more contemporary layout, with colour and textural alterations.
Using a combination of his works, a fresh layer of oil paint is applied, sanded back, cut, arranged and assembled, bringing new life to his brush strokes and palette knife marks. Each work evokes a sense of a landscape, without describing the exact location, leaving the viewer to draw their own response.