Fay’s purpose built garden studio has morphed into Koru on Koru Gallery.
Offering free space to local and visiting artists, while celebrating her own work and publications.
New Zealand’s landscape has been Fay’s workplace for the past 20 years since stepping aside from her portrait, wedding, sport and school photography career which took her to many corners of the world where now, her well known New
Zealand publications sit on some very interesting coffee tables internationally and locally.
Winner of many accolades including:
1994 Professional Photographer of the year, Agfa Photokina Award,
2004 Cathay Pacific Photographer of the year and more recently 2015 Cathay Pacific Best New Zealand Travel Image.
First Published in 1999 by Hodder Moa Beckitt “First Light “ “Last Light” across New Zealand launched a successful publishing career.
2005 Land Of Many Contrasts (publisher New Holland) was launched at Te Papa.
2009 It Must Be New Zealand (NH) sales exceed 26,000
2011 New Zealand Through The Goalposts (NH) (Rugby World Cup celebration)
2015 The Real New Zealand (NH) ( small number still available.)
Fay’s book sales have exceeded 60000 since 1999 .
Now in her late 70’s with many changes in New Zealand’s publishing landscape the challenge to produce new work while coping with the loss of her husband Harry after 57 years of marriage has produced a new plan? Centred on the many New Zealand artists her travels have introduced her to.
Having been a founding member of the Oakura Arts Trail an annual exhibition of local art within her own community during the Taranaki Garden Festival Fay has found motivation in exhibiting not only her own work but also that of local artists .
2014 “My Front Paddock” became the brand for the 2014 Taranaki Fringe garden festival as a ‘place of interest’ launched under the banner “Art Grazing”
Sculpture, Large acrylic images and stone carvings replaced grazing black & white cattle in Fay’s front paddock over the festival week ,while the Gallery enjoyed hundreds of visitors.
Continuing on to 2015 Festival. Permanent works found a place in Fay’s garden Shannon Novak’s Medley installation Richard Landers Glass sculptures Jimi Walsh paddles. Celebrated on opening day with Highway 45 Dancers performing a beautifully choreographed display in “My Front Paddock”
2016 Taranaki Garden Festival exhibition included visiting artists Delicia Sampero - Titirangi and Erhard & Christine Wingels Collingwood Nelson, over 1000 visitors enjoyed the experience.
Koru on Koru will become Fay’s main focus now while still continuing to shoot New Zealand landscapes and the people within, concentrating on the unique characters of our art community.