Patricia Murdoch | BIO < back to artists

Pat lives in the far south - Invercargill, but spends time in Central Otago and the Nelson area where she finds inspiration for her paintings, gathering information to work from in her studio in the South.

Largely self taught, Pat has been painting for more than 30 years, specialising in oils although her range of media includes watercolour and acrylic.

The beaches of New Zealand provide inspiration for a subject Pat has a huge passion for, where she paints romantic impressions of people - usually women and children (and dogs) in beach settings in such a way as to achieve a timeless quality.

Inspiration for her high country mustering scenes come from the magnificent rugged landscapes of Central Otago and the open plains of the McKenzie Country with its beautiful mountain backdrops.

Painting and sketching have always played an important role in her life and early in her career she worked as a Graphic Artist and Art teacher and is now a full time painter.
Participating successfully in many exhibitions she has paintings hanging in galleries in Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland.

In 2003 one of Pat's mustering scenes featured on the cover of the "Australian Artist" magazine, after winning first prize in one of the magazines competitions.
In 2004 she had 8 page article published in "Australian Artist"
For 2 years running (2005 and 2006) she won the supreme award (The Essence of Southland Award) in the Provincial Pride Art Award Exhibition.