My name is Leanne Morrison however I was born Leanne Margaret Utumapu in
Wellington, New Zealand to Margaret and Pone; I have a mixture of Scottish and
Samoan heritage. In my early twenties I traveled to the UK and met my future
Husband Niall Morrison who was born and brought up in Ireland.
Returning to New Zealand and continuing a career in the business world I
recently decided that I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing something I
am passionate about, hence my current position as a student commencing a
bachelor degree of Visual Arts and Design with Ideas School, Eastern Institute
of Technology, Napier, New Zealand.
I work with acrylic and gouache paint on canvas and board, my key theme
is abstract expressionism and I am concerned with the area that lies between
the beginning and the end. Most everything and everyone has a beginning and an
end but it’s what happens in between that is important. I try to convey
feelings, memories, emotions through colour and line; my paintings are full of stripes,
lines, squiggles and colour.
As a second year student I have displayed work in our gallery (Vent) at
Ideas School and consider myself an emerging artist, I live with my husband in
Hastings, New Zealand.