Reid's first Wakatipu exhibition

Shotover (2012) by  artist Anna Reid, of Dunedin. Photo supplied.
Shotover (2012) by artist Anna Reid, of Dunedin. Photo supplied.

Dunedin artist Anna Reid will introduce her debut Wakatipu exhibition to the public in the Arrowtown Gallery next Thursday.

Between a dozen and 18 mixed-media pieces were expected to be displayed, gallery owner Simon Beadle said yesterday.

The printmaker and painter's latest exhibition in Dunedin sold out earlier this year, he said.

''She is our top-selling artist and she appeals to so many people because she's contemporary in her approach, but it's not abstract.

''She takes traditional subjects, but gives them a contemporary feel and they're beautifully decorative in their own right.''

Anna Reid, nee Gordon, was raised on a high country farm in the Cardrona Valley and attended St Hilda's Collegiate School and Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin before travelling overseas.

After living in England, Reid returned to New Zealand to once again live in Dunedin. She attended a fine and visual arts course for five years before establishing a studio in Dowling St.

She has lived next to Otago Harbour for 20 years, and her artist's statement said she was drawn to outcrops of land and water. Several of her works represented these.

Her paintings are mainly acrylic and are texturally created on board. The surface allows sanding and scrubbing between layers of paint.

She also uses mixed media, dropping printmaking plates over a painting.

Reid lives in St Leonards with her husband and their three boys.

Mr Beadle said art enthusiasts were welcome to attend the opening in the gallery in Berkshire St on December 20 at 5.30pm. They could register their interest by emailing info@arrowtowngallery.com or phoning (03) 442-1755.