Local artist paints global adventures

Pictured: One of Renee’s watercolours in the Spanish Pyrenees. Photo: Renee Walden

A Lake Hawea artist who travels the world chasing the sun has been sending pieces of her adventures from her sketchbook across the globe.

For the past few years, Renee Walden, or Scatterlings, and her husband have lived in New Zealand for six months during summer and autumn, leaving to travel between May and October.

Before this, the couple owned and ran their own website development business from their Lake Hawea home, selling it in 2012.

Speaking to the Wanaka Sun from the Spanish Pyrenees, Renee said the pair had travelled quite extensively since then, which had given her time to really concentrate on her art.

Although the couple travel to climb and adventure, Renee always carries her sketchbook, watercolours and pens and will sit down at least once every two days to capture what is in front of her.

“Painting at home is different. I have a lot more space, I paint on canvas and the nature of what I paint in Central Otago is quite different. It feels far more real sketching what is right in front of me and I’ll sit and sketch whatever catches my eye. I often meet some great people who stop and look at what I’m sketching,” Renee said.

“Often I’m sketching something that they see every day, and they suddenly see it in a whole different light, which is something I really like.”

Renee posts her work to her Scatterlings social media accounts and is happy to tear pages from her sketchbook and send them anywhere in the world if someone wants a slice of her adventures.

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