Retired farmer Jane Burdon to host first art exhibition in Arrowtown home
It's never too late to give new things a go.
Retired farmer and now artist Jane Burdon, 72, lives by this idea.
She recently took on the challenge of hosting her first solo exhibition in her Arrowtown house.
"I'm a project person and I love a good challenge."
Burdon started focusing on art five years ago after working on a Crown Terrace farm for 40 years, managing a pub in Arrowtown and playing golf.
"I'm fortunate enough to be given the gene of 'if you want to do something – just do it'. And keep at it, don't give up.
"Life is a gift and what you make of your life is totally up to you and you can give anything a go," she said.
Now retired from the sheep farm and flower farm work and living in Arrowtown with husband Mick, Burdon had more time to create art.
"We are in our 70s, it's about time we did something less physical and had more time to travel."
Burdon attended a two-week course in London last year, travelled to Australia for classes and participated in many other workshops.
Art was therapeutic to her.
"I feel peaceful and very happy. If I achieve a good painting and I'm happy with it I feel so good."
Burdon's style had changed over the years; she started with architectural paintings and had a more relaxed style now.
"I . . . let the paintbrush run around the painting a bit more. Every artist probably progresses into something different."
Mentor and Bannockburn artist Megan Huffedine, who had been giving Burdon lessons, encouraged her to showcase work.
"She's been a tremendous help and support, giving me encouragement to get me to this stage of having an exhibition," Burdon said.
Burdon's exhibition – Landscape and Still Life Paintings – will have about 25 painting on display, featuring Otago landscapes.
The exhibition will be held at Burdon's Arrowtown home at 97 Cotter Ave on Friday.
Being on a farm for many decades, she loved people visiting and felt comfortable with them coming to her house.
"I notice people coming into Queenstown from the cities – they are very private and you never rush into their house without first of all calling, where farming people are the opposite."