Description There is something fascinating about the sea and whales, the power and grace. As a Maori artist from New Zealand, the koru or scrolls in my artwork symbolise the unfurling of new growth, life, love, strength and relationships.See more of my work at desray.etsy.com and at desray.imagekind.comFollow my blog on http://desraylithgow.blogspot.com/
Desray Lithgow, Corvallis, Oregon, USA Member Since April 2011 Artist Statement I am fortunate to have a heritage rich in both New Zealand Maori and European ancestory to draw upon.
I belong to Ngai Tai and Tuwharetoa iwi (tribes), graduating from Hamilton Teachers College and the University of Waikato with a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Certificate in Bilingual Education.
Generally I prefer to sketch from life first and then spend time visualizing how I would like an image to appear on canvas before painting. Using acrylic paint, I love figurative painting, exploring different color combinations and using patterns from my culture where possible.