Kym Beaton    |     Artist

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


I began painting seriously in 2001 while raising a young family. This became my 'window of sanity' where I made sense of my world through the calming routine of applying colour to a surface. Landscapes, portraits, life drawing – it was all fodder for my brush. In 2010 my family and I moved to Wanaka, a ski town in southern New Zealand, where the mountains, forests and lake lead my artistic expression. My specialty is portraits but I also find inspiration in everyday life and the local community. 


I work on canvas or paper and I use acrylic paint, ink and soft pastels.

My style has been described as "colourful and energetic, with effective mark making" also  "bold and honest".

I hold workshops, so if you find yourself inspired in Wanaka give me a call.


Awards include:

Highly Commended – Wanaka Arts 2019

Viewers Choice Award – Wanaka Arts 2017

2nd Place – Pastel Challenge Jan 2017 PANZ

Merit – Pastel Challenge May 2017 PANZ

Overall Winner – Wanaka Arts 2015

Overall Winner – Wanaka Arts 2013

Highly Commended – Northbridge Art Prize 2005

I have successfully exhibited in my hometown of Sydney, Australia as well as locally in Wanaka and throughout the South Island of New Zealand.


My paintings are for purchase and this can be done by contacting me via
All unframed works on paper are priced to include postage and handling. Any canvas or framed work will be subject to postage or delivery charges, according to size and country of delivery. Please email me for a quote.
If the painting you like has been sold, I am always happy to attempt something similar, so please do contact me to discuss. Commissions are available.