a little about me

celia duff, new zealand artist


Hi, my name is Celia, but friends and family call me "Ce" and I would love for you to do the same.  I am from the friendly southern city of Dunedin, New Zealand.  I love art to my very core, and feel we learn so much about ourselves and the world around us through creativity.  The art life is a journey not a destination and mine has taken many twists and turns along the way.



From a young age I always loved drawing and painting, but after a less than positive experience with art in high school, I abandoned my dream of being an artist.  I did what I thought I should do rather than following my heart and spent many years in the creative wilderness, working in administration and surviving a stint at law school.  Suffice to say, none of this went down well with my creative soul.  Time and time again I would dabble with art, but never felt "allowed" to really be an artist.

After my son was born 1997, an artist friend encouraged me to pick up the pencils and paintbrushes again.  I learned to draw the face and figure, and to paint in oil.   Even with opportunities presenting themselves, I let self-doubt get the better of me.  Again I put my brushes down and didn't pick them up for another twelve years.  For some of those years I worked in my own business designing and handcrafting wedding stationery. It was creative, but there was just something missing...


It was a visit to an exhibition in 2015 that reawakened my inner artist and set me off on this current leg of the journey.  During the last few of years I have been convincing myself and my inner critic that I can be an artist.  I can't say I've been to art school and I can't say I have a fine arts degree or have won this or that award.  What I can say is that I have learned skills from some exceptionally good teachers and am finally committed to the art life for the duration.  


Since returning to the creative life I have explored my passion for all things vintage.   Old family photo albums and the faces of the people captured in a moment in time are always intriguing to me.  I love bringing new life to those images through art and connecting with those who have gone before me -my grandmothers who I never knew, my mother as a child and endless anonymous faces that once lived and breathed.  The 1920s and the age of art deco is my favourite era. The days when going out in your best coat and cloche hat was an everyday elegance.  

I enjoy working in a variety of mediums and currently paint mostly in acrylic.  I also enjoy mixed media and incorporating collage into my vintage pieces.  Any day now I will open up my tubes of oil!

art by celia duff

My home town of Dunedin has a vibrant creative vibe.  Back in 2003 I became an artist member of our local Otago Art Society and I'm happy I can still participate in their exhibitions as I venture back into the art making world.  Last year I began to volunteer in the Sales Gallery and then became a member of the Council.  It is so rewarding to be involved in this artistic community in our city.  There is no happier place than hanging paintings in the gallery or chatting about all things art with kindred spirits.

Yours in art,

♥ Ce xo

The art life is a journey.  I would love for you to join me...