Caroline Bellamy has recently graduated from the Ilam school of Fine Arts Christchurch, majoring in painting. Caroline is a emerging young New Zealand artist. Born in Nelson, Caroline started painting at a young age and sold her first painting in the Rutherford Gallery Nelson aged 14. Her Father being a sign writer and painter and mother a medical illustrator she has always been surrounded with artistic careers and skills.
Energetic, thick, bold brush marks depict the naturalistic forms. Simplification and exaggeration of the landscape characteristics communicate emotion and give the work a sense of spontaneity. A complexity of naturalistic colour creates an emotive atmosphere and depicts a strong sense of depth.
Caroline translates the energy of the landscape by becoming physically involved with the paintings by using her full arm-span and bodily movements in the brush flourishes. The large scale gives the painted landscapes a greater sense of space and scale and places emphasis on the large weighty land masses.
From the valley rivers up to the mountain top alpine tarns, Caroline a passionate tramper and mountaineer, tramps into these remote areas (often long multi day trips) directly experiencing the landscape and translates these experiences into her paintings.
Caroline produces work in multi media, her main medium being oil on board, linen and canvas. Bellamy has taken on many commissions and sells her work throughout New Zealand.