Fiona Goulding was born in England. Inspired by voluntary work in Africa, she travelled through India, Nepal, New Zealand and Australia. It was the sheer beauty and variety of the New Zealand landscape which drew her to making New Zealand her home.
Fiona is entirely self-taught and it is easy to see why her work is often described as 'exquisite'. Her finely executed oil paintings are influenced by the unequivocal beauty found in nature and the connection she feels with this. She loves to get immersed in nature's detail: its sculptural qualities, nuances of colour and affect of light. Although inspired by Realism, particularly the Dutch artist, Gerrit Dou, she prefers her inspiration to come directly from her own findings and responses to her environment.
Fiona is interested in conservation and animal welfare and is the only New Zealand member of Artists for Conservation – the world’s leading artist group supporting the environment.
"Every painting is a lesson for me, not only in technique but in learning more about the subject matter, particularly birds and animals and the threats they face”.
Fiona’s work has been exhibited and collected both in New Zealand and overseas. She has won awards and been featured in publications both nationally and internationally.