I began painting seriously in 2002 soon after leaving high school. I am self-taught and learn by experiment and observation. My work is an exploration of the close connection I feel with the landscape, flora and fauna of New Zealand. The phrase 'home is where the sense of self is deeply stirred' is an apt description of my feelings towards a place where I feel I belong, the South Island of New Zealand. I am inspired and captivated by many aspects of the New Zealand environment, and am continually looking for new ways to respond to these varied interests within the medium of oil paint. When viewing my work I hope people get a glimpse of the sense of beauty I feel in the wild places of New Zealand, a raw beauty so often sublime yet also haunting.
Biography: See official website (www.eliotcoates.co.nz).
Country: New Zealand
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