Beverley Cox was born in a hotel on the banks of the Whanganui River. She grew up surrounded by the rich indigenous bush. A stark contrast to attending the Quaker school “Friends”.
Beverley attended Wanganui Girls College before moving to Christchurch to study Graphic Design at Canterbury.
With previous employment in Silk Screening, Textile Design and Ceramics, Beverley has integrated her skills into a unique approach to painting. Her beautiful intricate leaves and plants are painted over a laboriously prepared canvas. The method involves refining multiple layers of gesso grounds in order for the paint to fluently cover the surface.
Each leaf fragment contains its own story. The canvas becomes a tapestry of individual moments in the one space. Beverley’s love of nature and its ability to ‘delight the soul,’ are interwoven in the DNA of her imagery.
Beverley has lived and worked in the Hokianga for over twenty years and draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful native flora. Fascinated by deconstructing and regenerative processes, the botanical images are used as a metaphor for the fragility of our natural world.
Examples of Beverley’s work can be viewed at Mobile Art Gallery, 23 Edwin Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.