Navigating her way: Doreen McNeill 

As a young woman, Doreen McNeill was a technical draughtsperson, drawing navigational charts for aircraft.

The work was meticulous and intricate.

Five decades later, McNeill has revisited the navigational charts she made, bringing them back into her work.

Her childhood love of art was taken up during the 1960s while living in the Bahamas.

McNeill created many beachscapes inspired by the rich Caribbean Sea colours, but it was the emotions that places evoked which inspired her.

From the outset, McNeill has painted in an abstract manner. On migrating to New Zealand in 1987, she joined the Waikato Society of Arts in Hamilton.

This provided her the opportunity to work alongside other artists and learn techniques that inspired her to bring design and structure to her work, while retaining her strong, vibrant sense of colour.

In her 80th year, McNeill continues to paint with passion and gusto.