In 1956 Pauleen graduated in Fine
Arts from Canterbury University.
After a graduate’s year at Auckland Teachers’ College,
married and raised five sons.
She-has always been an
avid gardener, so it was a
natural progression from
there into the field of floral designing.
a national judge and teacher.
In her personal designing
she is highly respected for her design skills,
colour and innovative ideas. She has twice been
“Auckland Area Designer of the Year” and has claimed
“National Premier Design Award” an unprecedented three
in the Floral Art Society of New Zealand’s
pictorial diary -
a publication which is distributed
After a twenty-year
involvement with this art form, she has
acute awareness of each curling petal and
She has a special empathy with plants -
and this is the
essence of her paintings.
Pauleen’s works feature in private collections in New
Australia, Japan, and USA. They represent the
culmination of a
life-long love affair with nature -
expressed in a
word from the artist
was born and raised in the Nelson district.
Because my father was on a war veteran’s pension and my
mother had poor health, my two sisters and I had no
Our play things were natural treasures
such flowers, leaves,
sticks, mosses, mud, shells
seaweed, and clay.
We painted. We mixed up bucket fulls of
yellow, grey, brown & orange clays. As
well we used
blue-black mud from the cockle bed and
slimy green from crushed watercress, and
red-violet blackberry mush.
For paint brushes, fibre
stripped from flax leaves was bunched
and bound to
slicks with wire carefully removed from
scoop. If we wanted fine brushes,
we snipped tufts out
of our hair or the part persian cat!.
Parents allowed us
to paint our slippery pictures on the
shed walls and paling fence.
Many a blissful Saturday
was spent thus.”