Posted on Jul 24, 2020

Opunake Open Studios & Galleries

Shelley Slater Artist Studio now open.

I’m Shelley,
welcome to my studio, situated at 19 Napier street in the bustling vibrant township of Opunake, Maunga Taranaki.

I grew up in West Auckland’s Waitakere ranges, a rainforest, black sand beaches
on the coast wild and free. This is why I love living in Opunake I feel alive wild and free salt in hair sand between toes, bush shirts, gumboots, friendly faces, people exploring, mutt dogs, seagulls…...stories.

I’m interested in creating stories with my artwork. I majored in sculpture at Ilam,
school of fine arts, University of Canterbury 1992-96, where I carved and sewed objects as three part narratives. I have since become a painter of oils where I incorporate collage merely for indifference or inspiration fusing another layer of story. My paintings are very whimsical and subdued yet colourful and joyous I also endeavour to have integrity and soulful purpose when working towards the final painting.
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