An artists favourite spots, shown in watercolour

The wild Wellington weather, captured by Pearson's brush.
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The wild Wellington weather, captured by Pearson's brush.

Everyone has their favourite spots in Wellignton to visit and one artist has recreated hers in watercolour for her first solo show.

Watercolour artist Jacky Pearson is setting up for her first solo show at the Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery.

From Wellington weather bonds to Willis St and sheds from Petone foreshore, her pieces capture what she loves about Petone and Wellington. 

Some of the sheds down on the Petone Foreshore, painted by Pearson.
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Some of the sheds down on the Petone Foreshore, painted by Pearson.

Included in the exhibition are a series of sheep mustering and shearing paintings.

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With the official opening night taking place on March 24, her exhibition will be open to the public from March 25 to April 23.

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A collection of works by watercolour artist Jacky Pearson.

A collection of works by watercolour artist Jacky Pearson.

A collection of works by watercolour artist Jacky Pearson.

A collection of works by watercolour artist Jacky Pearson.

A collection of works by watercolour artist Jacky Pearson.

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Pearson has been painting since she was a child but started becoming serious about it as a career after tagging along with her husband on his job.

Artist and gallery owner Alfred Memelink painted with Pearson in the past and said she used to go with her husband to his job maintaining lighthouses.

"She started off painting those,"  he said.

Artist Jacky Pearson working on one of her watercolours ahead of her first solo exhibition at the Alfred Memelink ...
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Artist Jacky Pearson working on one of her watercolours ahead of her first solo exhibition at the Alfred Memelink Artspace in Petone opening March 25.

Pearson has spent the last 30 years since then both painting and teaching. She specialises in watercolours but also uses oils and pastels in her work.

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She has gained recognition through several awards, both nationally and internationally. In 2014 one of her pieces was selected as a winner in the Splash 16 International Watercolours competition and was published in a book, Splash 16, alongside the other winners.

Closer to home she has received awards in the Muriel Hopper Hutt Art Awards and the Wai Art Portrait Awards.

To launch the exhibition, on March 25, Pearson will be at the gallery giving a demonstration of her painting techniques.

She will create a couple of watercolour sketches and sell them to viewers. All proceeds will go to the Te Omanga Hospice. Painting starts at 1pm. 

* Pearson's solo exhibition runs through until April 23 at the Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery, 223 The Esplanade, Petone. Open seven days from 10am.

 - Stuff

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