Doreen McNeill

I was born in England and trained as a draughtswoman which led to drawing a new concept in navigational charts  for aircraft by hand. I loved this work which also gave me a chance to travel but I was wanting to create using paint and it wasn’t until I moved to the Bahamas with my husband in in1965 that I met an artist who introduced me to the brand new, versatile acrylic paints.  It was after she left the island that I started studying from books and attempting abstract work  which had always appealed to me. But it wasn’t until we came to New Zealand in 1987 and I took a weekly course at the Waikato Art Society that I started to understand abstract work.  Since then I have spent many happy hours “playing” and experimenting with paint.  I firmly believe that the process is more important than the result and the every painting should be an adventure into the unknown.

I have had an exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery, exhibited in Taiwan in the company of Phillippa Blair and Phillip Truttum, been featured in the T.V. programme  “Put Some Colour in Your Life”, had many exhibitions throughout New Zealand and last year had a solo XCbition for my 90th birthday.  Now I am wondering where to go next.