Jenny Longstaff

Immediate Past President and Councillor, Otago Art Society

When I came to NZ from Australia in 1982 I lived in Cromwell for 2 years and became an artist member of the Otago Art Society. After moving to Dunedin my creative energies were put into working as a graphic designer for various printers and publishers. I became art director with Longacre Press, then production editor at Otago University Press and my OAS membership lapsed for several years.

In 2008 I was ready for a new challenge so spent the next 2 years motorcycling around Australia with a friend, camping out, visiting national parks, taking 10,000 photos, and generally honing my visual awareness and creative interest.

On my return to Dunedin in 2010 I embraced an artistic life: rejoined OAS and the Dunedin Photographic Society, became a regular exhibitor, joined the OAS council in 2011, and became president in 2013.

My preferred medium in painting is acrylic, with my work being strongly design-based and colourful. I am also particularly engaged by photography and digital graphics, creative writing and poetry.