The Artists for 2022
Hello! my name is Bless Groome! I go by She/Her pronouns. I’m a 16yr old artist from Hokitika who wants to start her own business, selling stickers, stationary and handmade items to fandoms/people of all and any kinds! And I already have! I sell merchandise for shows like ‘Project 863’ and Dream SMP. Along with Lgbtq support stuff, While also selling my own original designs! The grey and white wolfs all over my branding are my mascots ‘Jazz’ (white) and ‘Lofi’ (grey). They represent the different sides of my business. Art art wise, I mostly create digital art, via procreate on my iPad.’
Hi there, my name is Yvonne and my addiction is quilting and sewing. My addiction started when I was 7 years old, when for my birthday I got a Singer treadle machine. I started sewing then and haven’t stopped since. My first quilt was hand sewn in my Intermediate years, it was a hexagon quilt.
Since then I have dabbled in lots of different crafts, but always go back to sewing. I love combining painting with sewing and love creating my own designs. I particularly love our kiwiana, hence my native birds in mini quilt form. I also quilt these myself on my long arm sewing machine, along with quilts made by other clever quilters.
I also make teddy bears out of our iconic woollen blankets. These are either made out of the interesting blankets I’ve picked up or from the blankets that I have hand dyed. My teddy bears are made from patterns I have designed and created, with moving joints and beautiful glass eyes.
I love teaching and sharing my passion, so are very happy to answer questions, develop ideas and help if you need it. Look forward to seeing you at the 2022 Art in the Park.
I started painting for the first time a few years ago, having never done it before Art and painting for me has been like discovering magic. I cannot imagine a day without painting. I now see the world and everything in it in a new way. I see beauty shadows light and colour I hadn't noticed before.
My wish is that my art can bring to others not only pleasure but helps them to also see how amazing our earth and nature is.
My name is Slade Tiller. I am a local West Coast artist.
I love to create meaningful art, mainly painting beautiful scenery from local areas or from my imagination, or a combination of both!
The beautiful surroundings of where I live inspire me to paint bold, vibrant paintings or moody and atmospheric settings, using inspiration from local landmarks, granite mountains, majestic trees, coastlines, and dense bushes.
Playing with wire began for me when I was a child - my Dad had an electrical engineering business and used to bring home the end of the copper wire reels that were of no use in his work,so I started creating things with it.
As a teenager I started finding outlets for my work, and many years later, spent 7 years traveling with The Gypsy Fair all around New Zealand, selling my wares. This was where I diversified into using aluminium, as I wanted a material that I could make larger items from that would be suitable for outdoors.
I love adding colour with glass and enjoy coming up with new designs - the outdoors is my influence and also usually my workspace!
I live in the beautiful Nelson province in the village of Riwaka on the edge of the Abel Tasman Natio
nal Park. During my husband’s terminal illness, 10 years ago , a friend sat me in front of a piece of Canson paper and a few basic pastels and said “go on see what you can do”! I had never drawn anything in my life….had been weaving for 30 years and that was my passion…..as well as running a B & B business and rearing 3 children.
I was hooked!... I found diversion and stimulus. Later, I joined the national Pastel Association, where I found help and encouragement and opportunity to attend many workshops and demonstrations…Five of my pastels have been judged and accepted for National Exhibitions and several have been sold, giving me renewed impetus to continue exploring this wonderful medium.
Carver Marlene Trounson has turned her dream of working with greenstone into an actuality – and a passion.
She had, for many years, worked with natural gemstones and pearls to create distinctive fashion jewelry. Ten years ago her personal circumstances changed when the tragic closure of Pike River mine meant she lost her job. She enrolled for the Diploma in Jade and Hardstone Carving at Tai Poutini Polytech. “I started full of excitement, but within days was asking myself what on earth I’d got myself into,” she chuckles. “I hadn’t touched carving tools before, and it was definitely more complex and challenging than I had anticipated.”
But she persevered, graduated, and now creates a wide range of beautiful carvings - traditional pendants and earrings as well intricate sculptured works including flowers and delicate leaves. While 90% of her work is with greenstone, she also works with other gemstones and agates sourced from overseas.
Marlene has been exhibiting at Art in the Park since 2009.
Terry likes to paint - what more needs
to be said?
He has been a member of the Greymouth
Art Group for 20 something years and most recently Watercolour New Zealand Inc.
Has exhibited at every Art in the Park festival apart from the first (Busy in hospital). Terry has expanded from water colours to acrylic and oils, depending on the subject,
with the sea and fishing boats and gold mines being popular subjects for
commissions with modern freestyle style flowers.
He has paintings scattered throughout the world, America, Canada, England,
Stewart and the North Island as well as the Mainland. He has no Art
qualifications, just enjoys painting and learning from other artists..
Struan is based in Little River on Banks Peninsula where he divides his time between painting and counselling. Painting has been a lifelong love of Struan's and after leaving school he attended drawing and painting classes at Southland Polytechnic. He began painting in oils soon after and over many years has developed his technique using this medium.
His work typically portrays remote, solitary scenes. Having lived most of his life in Otago and Southland, he continues to draw inspiration from Central Otago with it's craggy mountains and majestic skies. Fiordland is also an inspiration, with many works depicting the beech forests and rivers in the area.
For Struan, painting is a way to combine creativity with an interest in the outdoors and in tramping. Tramping trips inevitably become photographic journeys and a means to gather source material. His style of painting continues to evolve and recent years have seen a shift away from landscapes to focus more on wilderness. This interest in the wilderness reflects a fascination with the natural world, where modification by humans is less apparent. The paintings are intended not only to communicate a sense of awe of the natural environment, but also to stimulate gratitude reminding us that nature is precious and requires our care to restore and protect it.
Born and raised on the West Coast of the South Island, Sarah moved to Dunedin in early 2000. It was here that she completed a B.F.A at Dunedin School of Art, graduating in 2003. Inspired by her lecturers Lyn Plummer and Peter Cleverley, Sarah discovered that painting was her calling and this became her major in year 3 and 4 of the degree. She received the ‘Derivan Art award’ while studying in her last year.
In the years following her degree Sarah concentrated her efforts on working in the Interior Design industry. While this is still an interest for her, a holiday with her parents reignited her passion for landscape painting and on returning to the West Coast in 2013 she set up her current studio on the Godfrey family farm.
Sarah’s work is largely inspired by New Zealand’s vast landscapes. She is particularly interested in colour and emotion rather than trying to create a realistic scene.
Sarah’s work can be found in several galleries throughout NZ and she has recently exhibited at the NZ Art Show in June 2021.
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