On the northern edge of the Canterbury Plains, you will find Amy Hoedemakers and her studio. Nestled in the natural landscape that provides much of the inspiration for her abstract landscape paintings, this established artist creates atmospheric paintings that allow the viewer to enter and wander within.
Her work is familiar to aspects of the New Zealand landscape, yet not entirely obvious to specific places. Capturing the dreamy, dramatic and mystical quality, that is the New Zealand landscape. The water appears translucent as though we can see through it to what lies beneath and what’s there is left to our imagination. We are compelled to look into the deep dark pools of her paintings and are drawn in towards luminous colour. We can see where she has scraped back the paint and applied more, creating exquisite, transparent layers. She allows the paint to run and yet there is no doubt that the runs are part of the landscape. Her paintings draw us in, inviting us to linger, leaving behind our busy lives for a moment. Amy’s painting's give us a glimpse into another world, a sanctuary, a place to rest.
“My painting is always evolving,” Amy says. “I think as you grow as a person your work changes too. It’s quite reflective in that aspect.”
She has exhibited in solo and group shows locally and internationally. Her work is held in private and public collections within New Zealand, Ireland, England and Australia. Her painting 'Waiting' was featured in 'Craigs Investment Partners Calendar, 2015' for emerging and emerged artists and more recently she was a finalist for the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award 2018.
Angela Doig (Whyte) was born on the West Coast of New Zealand in 1990, shifting to North Canterbury with her family in 2005 where she is now based.
She enjoys being able to express herself creatively, by means of various subject matter, mediums, colour and techniques.
She is mostly self-taught as an artist, in 2010 attaining a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication).
A childhood in Central Otago and a lifetime of enjoyment from arts and crafts has given me a natural sense of colour, texture, light and landscape.
My passion is to use the medium of oils to create stunning paintings that will delight the hearts of lovers of this beautiful land with its rugged vistas.
I am privileged to live surrounded by what I love to paint.
I paint both watercolours and oils.
“The world around me is where I draw my ideas and inspiration from. Trees, mountains and water together with plants and flowers that live in the environment along with music, create my spiritual world. When I paint I want to capture the wonders that surround us and in turn ask the viewer in to use their own imagination and experiences to make sense and meaning for themselves.
The atmosphere and mystery help create paintings because of the beauty all around us. I am continually looking for ways to push the boundaries and find the light. Our New Zealand South Island landscapes provide an infinite source of ideas and material.
I have been so fortunate to learn from great teachers who have helped me enormously. I take far more risks now and am constantly learning and experimenting. Painting is a joyful and happy experience which I am privileged to share. “
Clare uses colour to create a visual environment that absorbs us into them. The paintings refuse to stay still and respond to light and emit a colourful glow that expresses her impulse to convey what she sees and feels with texture, colour and form onto canvas.
Her abstracted paintings of Landscapes from an aerial perspective show common features we see in our rural land.
Clare discusses our need for water through rivers, falling rain, irrigation and water storage revealing our landscape in patterns and stripes
Bio: David Arkenstone Barnett is a photographer / painter / singer and metaphysical entrepreneur who resides in the town of Kaiapoi. Originally from London England David’s art is based on his metaphysical beliefs and experiences gained from his travels and research around the world and is based on two distinctly contrasting themes, that being ‘linear abstract’ and ‘constellation pieces’. Predominantly known in NZ for his work in Ufology (the research of UFO's), David's direction in life has been one of personal development and self-discovery, and this very much shows in his original art pieces from the ‘Constellation series’.
For many years now, David has been researching into the fabled city of Atlantis and has come up with a profoundly new hypothesis on this legendary civilization which incredibly includes New Zealand. David has for many years now lectured and holds many group discussions about Atlantis in and around New Zealand.
Kris was born in Christchurch in 1971 and studied art and design at Christchurch Polytechnic, graduating in 1992 with a diploma of Visual Communications. She has since worked as a graphic designer and illustrator before taking up painting full-time in 2010.
She works from her studio in Summerhill overlooking the Oxford Ranges and is often out walking in the local landscape or down at the Rakahuri River and this inspires much of her work. A landscape and botanical artist at heart Kris has recently been exploring figurative drawing and abstract painting.
Kris loves drawing in a range of mediums and paints predominantly in acrylic and watercolour. She has recently taken up printmaking, creating intricate drypoints and embossed prints of still lives, family heirlooms and found objects from the local environment.
Kris’s work has recently featured as part of the Avis ‘Art of Discovery’ ad campaign with her semi-abstract landscapes of Banks Peninsula.
Her work is currently available through Art Box Gallery in Christchurch, Arts in Oxford Gallery and online at Felt.co.nz
Instagram link https://www.instagram.com/waldinkris/
Art of Discovery https://www.avis.co.nz/en/discover-nz/art-of-discovery/kris-waldin
Felt online store https://felt.co.nz/shop/rubyart
I’m a Kaiapoi first home owner with a passion for pets. It’s been my focus for a long time to create an affordable range of pet portraits that capture the essence and personality of your pet. I can work with any animal, all I need is some of your favourite photos. I have recently branched into creating hand made dog collars, leashes, horse reins and other equestrian equipment.
With over 50 colours to work with, many different clips and extra’s I can make the perfect ensemble for your beloved animals.
Multi-media art for Mark is a balance between creative instinct and technical skill. Mark works with a variety of opposing, yet complimentary mediums providing a balance of harmonious achievement and creative accomplishment.
Where Mark's paintings portray meticulous realism, his sculptures take on a more fluid and contemporary form. Successful execution offers a strong sense of personal fulfilment, creating lifelong pleasure for both himself and the viewer.
Mark is mostly inspired by nature's flora and fauna. He also takes stimulus from a range of artists including his 2nd great-grandfather, Samuel Horatio Moreton (1842-1921). Mark focuses attention on his interpretation of these visual stimuli and works to show an emotional connection within each of his art pieces.
Mark has achieved a number of awards for both his public and private art commissions, as well as within the sign-writing industry. Mark sells his artworks locally, nationally and internationally.
Born in UK, Came to NZ in 1975. I am a member of Arts Canterbury, Rangiora Art Society and the Kaiapoi art section of the KWMC.
I have always loved art even from a young age. I have tried all mediums and settled on Acrylics and on some occasions Oils. I have had no training so taught myself by reading books and experimentation.
I work from photos. I have family and friends all over the world who send them to me.
I have had paintings published in Australian artist magazine and the NZ artist magazine. I have sold paintings in NZ, England Australia and the USA. I have won several awards over the years.
I haven’t any one particular style as I like to vary my subjects and paint as the mood takes me.