I would describe myself as an experimental multi-media artist, mainly because I don't like to be tied to any particular technique or medium.  My work ranges from large abstracts, to small water colours and everything in between.  I also try my hand at sculpture, fashion jewellery and most recently eco printing. (Eco printing is a natural, traditional technique for creating lovely leaf and flower prints onto fabric, using just the colours in the plants and leaves, and with no added chemicals).  


Much of my exhibited work is abstract. One of my favourite mediums for large scale work is fluid acrylic.  The intensity of pigments and versatility of these paints encourages experimentation. My abstract technique is intuitive – I’ll choose the colours and the support, and then the process is very dynamic.  I like my work to be seen in sunlight and I often use interference or reflective paints to create light interplay. 


I've been actively exhibiting since 2012 and my work is held in private collections here and overseas. I am a practicing artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and I have exhibited work in many Academy exhibitions over the years. In 2016 my husband and I held a joint multi-media audio and visual exhibition called 'Join the Club'.  I was a second place prize winner in the 2014 Wellington Emerging Artist Awards, as well as a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 awards.  I was a top 10 finalist in the 2014 Unleash Art Competition.

You can find out more about my Kapiti based studio at www.sweetarts.co.nz

You can buy my eco print scarves at www.sweetarts.felt.co.nz

© 2020 Ellen Hodgetts, New Zealand.