Rachel captures culture in display of inspired works

AN artist inspired by a return to her native New Zealand has an exhibition on display at the Royston & District Museum. And much of the work has come from her studying of the Maori culture. During the launch of the exhibition artist Rachel Haynes said: I

AN artist inspired by a return to her native New Zealand has an exhibition on display at the Royston & District Museum.

And much of the work has come from her studying of the Maori culture.

During the launch of the exhibition artist Rachel Haynes said: "It amazing to see the artistic work of the Maori culture.

"I have attempted here to capture some of the impressions of their work."


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The exhibition includes, too, pastel works which capture the dramatic landscapes and coastal scenery of New Zealand.

"A lot of the landscapes have been created from either doing a sketch or taking a photograph," she said.

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Rachel's work as an artist was encouraged when she attended the London College of Fashion where she studied theatrical make-up and beauty therapy.

She returned to her love of painting after running a beauty business and went on to study art at Anglia Ruskin University, where she gained a degree in art history and fine art.

Rachel, who lives in Bassingbourn, is a member of the Royston Arts Society and she had a recent exhibition in Cambridge with the Cambridge Drawing Society, to which she is also a member.

Almost 10 years ago she had an exhibition at the Royston & District Museum which showed her work of portraits of animals.

- The exhibition, Images of New Zealand, will run until Sunday, August 19.

- The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from10am-4.45pm and Sunday and bank holidays from 2.45pm.

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