Christchurch artist Harriet Millar only returned to her love of painting recently after successfully outsourcing her five children to school. Preferring to work in acrylic after learning the hard way that children like to borrow her paints and painting the furniture and walls with oils is not conducive to a peaceful family life.

Hugely inspired by the magic of New Zealand landscape, Harriet's interpretations involve substantial layering of paint with thick loose brushstrokes and hints of unexpected colour. 

“I have always drawn, it’s all I did as a kid. I have no formal training other than a year at art school. I started painting when I got the last of the five kids to school three years ago and wanted to do something for myself.

A workshop in 2018 with Richard Claremont (my favourite artist) really helped to guide my work and I haven’t looked back.”