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Kym Beaton Artist and educator

"Colour in all it's delicious combinations inspires me to paint."


My passion for painting lies in capturing the inner emotions of my subjects through soft pastels. With a focus on portraits, coastlines and New Zealand's South Island mountains and lake landscapes, my art allows me to explore the beauty of the world we live in and the emotions that define us as human beings.


In 2019, I had the privilege of being filmed for a television production 'Put Some Colour in Your Life', and painted the host Graeme Stevenson's portrait. This 30 minute episode highlights my unique approach to painting and the inspiration that drives me to create. Take a look at the episode below.


I'm a Plein air enthusiast often outdoors with pastels and easel. I enjoy the challenge of interpreting the landscape and capturing my response to fleeting passages of light. My studio work focusses on large colour laden works with distinctive mark making that create texture and drama.

I'm an art educator of adults and kids and love to pass on the tips and tricks that I've learnt along the way in my own art journey. Working with the Three Lakes Cultural Trust 'Art In Schools' project I've worked with primary aged students across Queenstown, Wanaka and Hawea inspiring them to create exhibition artworks.  

Contact me if you see a painting you'd like more information on or purchase. Commissions are also welcomed.




Awarded Artist Member (APANZ) Pastel Artists of NZ May 2023 

Merit Award: 'Where Peaceful Waters Flow' – PANZ National Exhibition April 2023

1st Place: 'Patience' – PANZ Pastel Challenge Nov 2022

Merit Award: 'Low Tide' – PANZ National Exhibition April 2022

1st Place: 'Dinner Service' – PANZ Pastel Challenge March 2021

2nd Place: 'First Light On Black Peak' – PANZ Pastel Challenge Jun 2020

Highly Commended: 'Red Welly Adventure' – Wanaka Arts Labour Weekend Exhibition 2019

Viewers Choice Award: 'Elemental Poet' – Wanaka Arts 2017

2nd Place: 'Grandpa's Shed'– PANZ Pastel Challenge Jan 2017

Overall Winner: 'Country Road, Milawa' – Wanaka Arts Labour Weekend Exhibition 2015

Overall Winner: 'Sydney Summer Swim'– Wanaka Arts Labour Weekend Exhibition 2013

Highly Commended: 'Smith's Lake' – Northbridge Art Prize 2005

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