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Josie's work is firmly optimistic and ultimately, derived from the observation of the world
around her. Known as a painter for many years, starting out traditionally and evolving into
lively, colourful abstract paintings, her work took a turn into sculpture in 1993 adding a new
dimension to her work. Josie has been experimenting and working on her visual ideas with open minded
seriousness, exploring paint, colour, form and materials intuitively, continually expressing a
'joi de vivre' with that hint of mischief which provokes change.
Ever adventurous Josie is mindful of the larger world and other ways of seeing. Josie's elegant abstract
sculptures are seriously playful and a celebration of life. They are surreal, biomorphic entities,
whimsical and flamboyant, organic and eccentric. Constantly changing metomorphosing forms confronting
or circumscribing void spaces refer to her interest in horticulture reflecting the zany balance of nature.
Her work seems to pulse with a continually evolving sense of growth and development, with unpredictability
and surprise in the final results. Josie's sculptures are in private collections and displayed in her
Akaroa terraced garden, along with her large sculpturural mosaic installations. She is currently working on a large light up
sculptural mosiac and other mosaic installations
She is a regular exhibitor with numerous solo and group exhibitions in NZ and overseas. Josie is the
recipient of a number of awards and scholarships and has also undertaken art residencies in Assisi, Italy;
the International School of Art in Todi, Italy, the Vermount Studio Center in USA and at the MacDowell Art
Colony, New Hampsire USA, and South of France. Josie's home "The Giant's House", a grand historic home built in 1881. The Giant's House is a very special, unique and
spiritual environment, situated in the historic French township of Akaroa, east of Christchurch.
Her artists garden is open to the public and to those who stay in the bed and breakfast accommodation. Josie
has a Diploma in Horticulture. Her garden featured on "Maggies Garden Show", Australian TV, the "NZ Gardener" the
NZ House and Garden and in "Next" Magazine.