Since returning home to New Zealand after seven years traveling the world as an illustrator, teacher, photographer and painter, exhibiting extensively in both Tokyo and London, Deidre has enjoyed rapid and remarkable success. Major awards, extensive media coverage, and a growing list of patrons have confirmed Deidre as a significant painter. Her magnified, imposing and beautifully crafted portraits are traffic stoppers wherever they are shown.
She is a keen printmaker and detailed drawer, but it is the large portraits of infamous character that leaves the most impact, the region’s unique landscapes and climatic extremes are reflected in the very geography of their faces and hands: “A lot of these characters really are larger then life” she says of her subjects. “Their wonderful faces tell the story of who they are, and the life they have lived. To me they are precious pieces of our history, gently powerful, and wise in ways we haven’t even learnt about yet.” Deidre was born in rural Southland, New Zealand. After gaining “Fine Arts” and ‘Diploma in Teaching’ from Dunedin she worked as an art and photography teacher in New Zealand for three years. After many years of traveling and experiences she is happy to make Central Otago home, and now paints full time from her private studio in Cromwell.