Artist, journalist and art teacher Shona McFarlane was known to many New Zealanders from her time as a panellist on the television programme ‘Beauty and the Beast’. She published numerous books of her colourful paintings, often coupled with anecdotal accounts of her life experiences. Before her death in 2001, she published Shona McFarlane: A Memoir.
FROM THE OXFORD COMPANION TO NEW ZEALAND LITERATURE
McFARLANE, Shona (1929 - 2001) was an artist and former journalist and teacher of art. She is known to many New Zealanders from her time as a panellist on the television programme 'Beauty and the Beast'.
McFarlane has published numerous books featuring her colourful paintings, often coupled with anecdotal accounts of her life's experiences. Her titles are Dunedin: Portrait of a City (1970); Mixed Media (1975); Of Cabbages and Things; From Maungaraki (1983); and White Moas and Artichokes (1993).
Her most recent title is the popular Shona McFarlane: A Memoir (1999).
Shona McFarlane died in Wellington in September 2001.
Updated January 2017.