About Juliet Best
“The joy of expression – big swooping background moves of brush and paint over canvas, then careful respectful strokes for detail, letting the buttery paint slip and slide into the spaces it should fill. To create something visual is a powerful handmade and heartfelt experience“
My latest paintings, include strong horizon lines and my ongoing work with gold leaf celebrate the beauty and moods of New Zealand skies, landscapes and water
I live by the sea in Island Bay and commute to my gallery and studio in Shelly Bay, always observing and loving the ever-changing southern skies, sea and coastlines. I am very grateful for my daily journey to and from work and I am often stopping and sketching or taking photographs.
My extensive work with gold leaf and texture mediums on canvas or wood panel shapes is an important part of my art practice. My love of painting New Zealand’s stunning landscapes and our native birds, flora and fauna over many years is finding real maturity and evolving in new and exciting directions.
I am currently the artist-in-residence for Wellington’s Life Flight Trust for 2018/19 and have also completed two very successful years as the resident guest artist with Air New Zealand in the Wellington Domestic and International Koru Lounges.
In 2018 I participated in The Big Hoot Auckland – an art trail of magnificent owls which were on public display throughout Auckland, in support of the Child Cancer Foundation.
My large painting on tapa cloth, A Tapa Full O’ Manu, is on permanent public display and is featured in the QT Hotel’s Wellington Artists Walk.
My original artworks and limited edition art prints are exhibited at my gallery Shelly Bay Gallery in Wellington’s Shelly Bay on the Miramar Peninsula and are also available from selected galleries and art stores throughout New Zealand.