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Gaye's rocking art

03 Nov 2016

Rocks aren’t the first thing you would think of as a canvas for art, but for artist Gaye Hall, they have become a fulfilling medium.

Tutored by three leading NZ artists over the last 25 years, and with work sold locally and internationally, Gaye originally started painting oils on canvas. 

More recently, she has focused her work on waterborne paint finishes, experimenting with different materials to use as a canvas... these rocks included, painted with such intricate detail using Resene paint. 

A few years ago Gaye was contacted by the local Council to paint on a sheet of corrugated iron for outside decoration. This led her to Resene testpots and to experiment with outside art.

Since then she has enjoyed painting on riverstone rocks – some have sold as trophies – as well as continuing to paint on the iron. This latest outdoor art 'The Tui' is painted with Resene testpots on aluminium and framed with decking quality wood.

Gaye's latest works are designed for exterior display so combine rugged materials and Resene Lumbersider low sheen waterborne paint to ensure they can withstand the elements.

She says that having mixed her own oil colours for years she was surprised how flexible and wide the range of colours offered in Resene testpots. "I love the testpots and have found I can achieve the colours I want easily."

You can see Gaye's exhibits at the Lake House Arts in Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore, and the Waiheke Community Art Gallery on Waiheke Island.