Guiditta Spurlin has had a long involvement in colour and design through the interior décor business she has owned and operated in the United States. After falling in love with New Zealand following a holiday here, she and her husband bought property in Kerikeri in 2000 and now spend the year travelling to and from NZ to Colorado – never having a Winter.
Guiditta says of her work, “My entire working life I have been involved with colour on a daily basis. Many years ago I realized that bright palettes actually invigorated me. Naturally then, when I approach a blank canvas, the first colours for which I reach will be the happy ones – marigold orange, the turquoise of the sea, yellowy greens, violet, poppy red, etc. My favourite thing to do is layer these one over another, resulting in a luscious vibrancy that energizes me and keeps me going for hours in my studio.
I allow the process of what is happening right before my eyes to lead me through each piece of work. The paintings tell me what they need next, and since I have no idea what it will be until that moment, there is an element of mystery and surprise throughout the journey.
Although I have painted off and on most of my life, a new emphasis was put on it when I moved part-time to New Zealand in 2000. Serious, independent studies of art history, colour theory and various classes given by talented tutors, including a very special week spent with Dr. Gail Haffern at the University of Auckland, have all contributed to my art education.
Over the years my paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in both New Zealand and the U.S. The works live in various places around the world, where hopefully, they are putting smiles on faces wherever they are hung.”
Examples of Guiditta’s work is available from Mobile Art Gallery, 23 Edwin Street, Mt Eden, Auckland