Juliet Best is a professional full-time artist and gallery co-owner. Juliet’s latest paintings include strong horizon lines and my ongoing work with gold leaf celebrate the beauty and moods of New Zealand skies, landscapes and water.
Juliet lives by the sea in Island Bay in Wellington and commutes to her gallery and studio in Shelly Bay, always observing and loving the ever-changing southern skies, sea, mood-light on the land and coastlines. Juliet’s extensive work with tapa cloth, gold leaf and texture mediums on canvas or wood panel shapes is an important part of her art practice. Her love of painting native birds, flora and fauna over many years is finding real maturity and evolving in new and exciting directions.
Juliet recently completed two successful years as the resident guest artist with Air New Zealand in the Wellington Domestic and International Koru Lounges. Her tapa cloth and gold painting, A Tapa Full O’ Manu, is featured in the Museum Art Hotel Wellington Artists Walk for permanent public display. And Juliet was this year’s 2017 guest artist and speaker at the annual all-day Champions Lunch held at Te Papa.