About the artist

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.