Collette's love for art and wine and having a damn good time are all combined in her latest love of books. Moving from fine art into the realm of illustration, coloring books and now self help for creatives, Collette began painting young, prevailed on family and neighborhood artists for lessons, and reveled in their skill and knowledge. At 11 she sold her first artwork, a watercolour of Mount Taranaki/Egmont. At 16 she took night school classes in oil painting and acrylics, her subject matter still mostly New Zealand scenery. She exhibited often and at 17 had her first solo exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand. Known for her modern, contemporary work, Collette has two distinct styles: her serious, abstract works and a fun, contemporary surrealist style. Her artworks sell worldwide, including in Britain, Germany, Russia, USA, Canada, Cook Islands, Spain and Australia, as well as from galleries throughout New Zealand. She has a popular website; dedicated to the growing interest in her art. www.collette.co.nz. Collette finds painting extremely rewarding and puts her heart and soul into it, and is humbled by appreciation of her work. Collette's latest venture into Books came from her time recovering from cancer. She believes you can learn a lot more from art then just painting a pretty picture.