Solo exhibition for Bertie

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Photo: Artist Bertie Holmes with some of the pieces that will feature in her solo exhibition.

Ashburton artist Bertie Holmes will showcase her art skills at a solo exhibition in Methven opening soon.

The exhibition, she says, offers an insight into “the many views I’ve seen that have been my inspiration” over the years.

Inspiration comes from her love of flowers and gardening, from overseas trips to europe and from the thrill and joy of painting en plein air (outdoors).

The exhibition starts on October 6 and will be held in the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Art Gallery.

It will feature at least 30 works, some big and other smaller pieces.

Most of the works are either watercolours or mixed media and feature plenty of colour.

Bertie Holmes trained as a primary school teacher in the 1960s, but has painted since she was a schoolgirl growing up in Oamaru.

“I’ve painted all my life. I have fond memories of a Saturday art class when I was 10 and I’ve always loved creating pieces.”

She also had a love of gardening and that was why flowers often featured in her works.

Overseas trips to Portugal, Switzerland and Italy had been inspirational, she said, and she loved painting outdoors with the subject right in front of her.

These days she tackles watercolours and mixed media works, but in the past enjoyed the challenges of oils.

Bertie Holmes has been a member of Ashburton Society of Arts for a number of years and has held a number of positions, including president.

Her first solo exhibition runs until November 8.