Monica Paterson is a painter based on the North Shore in Auckland with her husband and two teenage girls. She has studied art/ fabric and graphic design at Unitec and AUT. She was a graphic designer at TV3 and in 2004 left to have her family and has been painting in oils and acrylic since 2012. Since then Monica has been involved in many group shows and her work is in many private collections. She has been an Artist in Residence at Corban Estate Art Centre in Henderson and has recently spent time in Whanganui for the Glasgow St Residency.
Monica's work focuses on a female-centric narrative that connects to her mother’s Samoan lineage using imagery and colour that is inspired by this love of Pacific art. These bold vibrant and sometimes chaotic scenes are influenced also by her interest in folk art and her love of illustration. The works stem from myths, dreams or tales told and passed on. The painterly female subjects are goddesses, ghosts or beloved family long lost. Themes of love and human connection are always interwoven into the narrative.