Creative pursuit through 20 years

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Canterbury creatives . . . Timaru artist Anita Rogers is displaying several artworks at the York Gallery of Fine Art. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

An array of colourful works by Anita Rogers has been added to the mix at York Street Gallery of Fine Art.

Her self-titled exhibition, which was launched on Saturday, features 18 artworks, most of which are acrylic on canvas.

“The odd one will be mixed-media,” she said.

Mrs Rogers has lived in Timaru for 40 years and has been painting for 20 of them.

She ran her own successful gallery in the Royal Arcade before developing a studio from her Timaru garden.

It was a pastime she has enjoyed because it allowed her to be creative, she said.

“I like to push boundaries. I do my own thing.

“I don’t have a particular style.”

However, there was a theme with many of her works on display at York Street Gallery of Fine Art – colourful buildings, including one with an intricate rooftop featuring flowers, which she aptly named ‘roof gardens’.

She also enjoys creating works featuring people, landscapes and expressions.

They were topics she has developed a love for over the years.

“In the 1960s I went to art school where I did textile design and a little bit of fine arts.”

A range of aspects inspire her creations, which always feature a lot of colour, Mrs Rogers said.

“I can’t help using colours. Apparently this is bright,” she said, referring to one of her colourful works to feature in her latest exhibition.

“As I’m working, I don’t know where it starts. The colours come as they come,” she said.

“I don’t plan. I wish I could plan, but it tends to create itself.”

Mrs Rogers’ exhibition will remain on display until late October.