Kate Buckley

Kate Buckley at work Hokitika Craft GalleryDrawing has always been my default medium – my way of articulating. My drawings of South Westland attempt to describe what it is like to live here.

I love this wild West Coast. These dense forests, bright mountains and vast thundering rainstorms are brimming with untamed nature and we inhabit only a tiny part of it.

When I moved from Ireland to New Zealand, nearly ten years ago, I began to make detailed drawings and maps of my surroundings. It was my way of beginning life in a new country and a new culture.

As a printmaker, it was a small step to move from drawing to making drypoint etchings. I hand colour each image with watercolour. The images of native birds remind me of Victorian drawings. They are a deliberate visual reference to the early European botanists and naturalists who came here. They celebrate the precious taonga /treasures we hold in keeping for future generations.

I studied Fine Art & Art History and later, Adult and Community Education. I make my living in the arts where I work both as an artist and as a facilitator.