Kathy Mortimer lives at Parua Bay, Whangarei, where she has views of one of New Zealand's most beautiful harbours.
Native bush surrounds the house which is perched on a ridge, with many native birds nearby.
Kathy gains her inspiration from the natural world. She has a history of working for the environment which takes her out into the bush and coast a lot.
Shells and sand collected from the many beaches on both coasts of Northland are used in the artworks she creates. She has found that there is a huge range of colours in the sands from different beaches, giving an ever-changing resource.
Kathy enjoys working with people to create unique artworks, incorporating their input and reflecting their individuality.