|Landscape by Billie Mallet (ignore the shadow on the left side)|
When asked what she enjoyed most about her trip this year, she said, "I enjoy the feeling of coming home and meeting up with friends who have become more than acquaintances. I've enjoyed discovering the landscape. The biggest thing as far as my work is concerned; I really think I need to paint from reality because there's a vibrancy and directness that comes when you paint from life rather than photos, as photographs make your choices for you."
It's always wonderful seeing Billie's inspiration from NZ landscape and people. Billie started painting when she was young and went to West Surrey School of Art & Design in Farnham, before she was married.
You can see other images of Billie's paintings on her website here.