Wilson Lattey, pastel artist

Wilson is retired from a long career in surveying and land development, during which he developed a real appreciation of landform and the outdoors. He also developed a passion for motorsport and flying.

Whilst he has had little formal training, Wilson regularly attends art workshops run by artists well-respected internationally, including Lyn Diefenbach (Australia), Stan Sperlak (USA), Tony Allain (now UK), Liz Haywood-Sullivan (USA), and Karol Oakley (Australia).

He grew up in a household that revolved around art. His father, E B Lattey, was well-known in the 1950’s to 1980’s as a full-time professional landscape painter, and his mother was a very competent potter. Their home was often visited by well-known New Zealand and Australian artists of that period.

Wilson has lived on the Kāpiti Coast of New Zealand since 1976, and is a Life Member of both Pastel Artists New Zealand and the Kāpiti Arts Society. Together with the Rotary Club of Paraparaumu, he developed the annual Paraparaumu Rotary Art Show & Competition, which has been held every year since 2003 and raises significant funds which are being ploughed back into the arts community in the Kāpiti District. www.kapitiartshow.nz

Wilson works predominantly in the versatile pastel medium, and his main subjects are landscapes, portraits and transport.