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Patricia Howitt

"Prize-Winning Presence"

Northern Advocate Correspondent
Whangarei
Northern Advocate, 28 May 1999

Former lawyer Patricia Howitt of Kaeo is the winner of the 1999-2000 Telecom Art Award with a montage of seven of her Northland paintings.

Miss Howitt, who has a computer graphics business, was totally thrilled with the win and the $2500 prize money.

Her prize-winning entry depicts a mountain north of Kaeo, Rainbow Falls near Kerikeri, Te Paki stream, a rural view of an area near Taupo Bay, and bush at Miss Howitt's Kaeo home.

Miss Howitt kept images of the paintings in her computer and called these up to compile her winning entry.

"When I was thinking about what I might do for the awards my mind immediately went to the possibility of using these graphics. I started playing around to see what I could come up with and was really delighted with the result," she said.

Miss Howitt said last night she had always felt the land was spiritually significant, and her paintings were an attempt to convey reverence for this mystery and "presence".

She worked as a Government lawyer in Wellington and Hamilton before coming to the Far North to help her mother finish the family home after her father died.

She was secretary of the team that set up Whangaroa Health Services Trust, and secretary of the Trust for several months after its inception.

She started her computer graphics business, Computer Images" in 1997, working from Kerikeri, but transferred it to her home last year.  Among her clients is the International company Voyager, one of the Internet Service Providers.

Her winning piece will be printed 103,000 times - the number of Northland Telcom telephone directories being printed this year.

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