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File. Eleanor


Born and raised in Auckland, Eleanor File studied at the Elam School of Arts and later Wellington Technical College, where as a young commercial artist she learned to draw. She married and raised a family of boys, living in Hawkes Bay for ten years.

Eventually the family returned to Wellington and she resumed her first love, the art world and became a long-standing committee member of the Wellington Art Club. At this time she learned to paint in oils, particularly portraits and life drawings. She studied with many notable artists and exhibited in clubs and galleries including the Academy of Fine Arts. Her interests turned to watercolour and she became utterly captivated by the medium. Disturbed by the lack of a specialist backing group for watercolour painters she founded the Wellington Society of Water Colour Artists, now Watercolour New Zealand.

In 1980 she returned to Auckland where she joined the Fellowship of Artists and other art groups, making many friends. She taught painting in the private studio she built on to her home in Pakuranga as well as taking posts at several schools, teaching mostly night classes for adults. Although a prolific oil painter, her first love remained watercolour. She travelled extensively in New Zealand, seeking out the worlds’ most picturesque scenery to reproduce at the tip of her brush. (Information courtesy of The History of NZ Watercolour). 

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