Merthyr Ruxton studied design and life drawing for a degree in visual communication at Wellington Polytechnic in the early 70’s. She worked as a designer and print broker in the late 70’s and early 80’s and started to paint full time in 1986. She has exhibited throughout New Zealand, painting in gouache in the early years and more recently in oils. She paints from her studio in Matakana – a small village 40 minutes north of Auckland. Her paintings are semi abstract. Pattern and shape are what move her to paint.
“The world is composed of patterns – you just have to stand still long enough and look for it to present itself to you. Looking in this state of stillness will enable you to SEE. Rushing past as we do means we miss out on what this planet can amaze us with”.
As TJ McNamara wrote of her work in the February 2015 exhibition at Railway Studios in Newmarket
” The harmonised colour that holds these subjects together is admirable, emphasised by the way one painting called Abstract Night is the equal of the others without the appeal of a particular object or place.”