Painting has been my vocation for the past 45 years, and watercolour is my preferred medium. Watching aqueous washes envelope the page is still a most captivating experience for me.

In the following pages you will find paintings of the South Island of New Zealand. There are also portraits in oil paint and charcoal life drawings, still life paintings and others of wonderful messy boatyards.  On recent trips I have painted in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Greece, Belgium, Tuscany, Provence, Scotland & USA.

Living in the South Island of New Zealand I am inspired to paint the landscape. This is currently
very out of vogue with those enthralled in the chic concepts of cutting-edge art who revel in intangible installations, flickering screens and obscure smears, substanciated by screeds of text explaining some incomprehensable concept they have about their "work"..... Recently I visited David Hockney's "A Bigger Exhibition" at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, and saw he had been enjoying the medium of water colour.... it can be used in such a
very sensitive, flexible and expressive way.

Most of my water colours are painted on 200 lb Whatman  or Arches rough 100% cotton rag paper.   Pigments, I mainly use the Italian-made Maimeri sellection, a few Art Spectrum, and Windsor and Newton watercolour tube paints.
The paintings are matted using a cotton rag museum board and framed with a variety of mouldings.  I courier unframed works worldwide free of charge.  Contact me about shipping framed works within NZ:
      ben woollcombe