The Old Mill, Southbrook, Canterbury, Rangiora
The rural landscape was a favourite of Violet Watson. Although a regionalist painter, particularly of Waikato landscapes, the artist has chosen a cluster of buildings in the South Island area of Southbrook. Its immediacy and bold blocks of colour became a signature of the artist’s painting style.
Violet Watson (1906-92) was born in Taranaki and moved with her family to Waikato. As an avid art enthusiast Watson studied painting under local painters Adele Younghusband and Ida Carey making a name in her own right through her uncompromising depiction of the local landscape. In 1974 she became the first female artist to win the coveted Kelliher Award which she also won in 1977 as well as a string of merit awards.
363 x 490mm (image)