I am a tiny bit of an art collector! Having a big building in the centre of New Zealand's coolest art town, I got to work and bought, bought, bought art that I loved and filled the building up. I never stopped to think what would happen if we lived in a normal sized home. Now that we live in a normal sized home the buying of art has stopped, my walls, wardrobes, and cupboards are full.
I wanted to share with you some of my art collection from inspiring artists, and to encourage you to buy art from living artists, they need your support! You never know you might strike it lucky, back the right artists and be rewarded for your investment.
Nurse by Roger Key
I bought Nursy around 1999 from my mother's gallery in Pohangina. I love Nursy, even though she freaks a lot of people out. She is a big Mama and would nearly be as tall as me. Nursy has been with me the longest than any other piece of art, and I would find it hard to part with her. I would love to buy more of Rodger's work!
Two Tongue Tiki by Otis Frizzell
The first time I saw this painting it reminded me of my husband, I had to have it. Otis is a pretty cool guy and we really enjoyed his stay with us in 2006. He was really pleased to have lots of his art sell in the 'It's all about the Mana' exhibition we hosted in the Quayhole Gallery. Michael Weston and George Nuku also exhibited in this exhibition.
Summer by Stefano Tevaga
There are 3 other paintings to go with this piece, WINTER, AUTUMN, and SPRING. Stefano is a good friend and one of my favourite living artists.
Two Worlds by Bobby Koro
Bobby is also another favourite artists of mine. Both Stefano and Bobby showed their work with me in the Pacific Sky exhibition I hosted in the Quayhole Gallery Winter 2006.
Pacific Paradise by William Richardson.
This painting was painted by my Great Grandfather, it was painted from a slide that my Gran took while she was travelling around the Pacific Islands.
Does this painting remind you of anything?
Does this painting remind you of anything?
Goddess by Tracey Young
Tracey is a real sweetheart who also lives in Wanganui. We own 4 of Tracey’s paintings and I’m hope to buy more in the future.
Pottery Face by Wendy Winchcombe
My friend Nick and I bought a mask each at an exhibition held in the Community Arts Centre here in Wanganui. It's not the best photo, sorry.
Hand Print by Ehud Joseph
This piece my sister bought many years ago, and because I liked it so much she gave it to me, NICE! This dude was a student at the Art School here in Wanganui and I don't have a clue what he is up to these days.
Dance by Aaron Frater
Shaughan’s Mum & I bought Shaughan this piece for his birthday. We both loved the shape and feel of this piece. Aaron is a real sweetie who works with passion, living in Wellington. I still have a lot of his work here for sale at good prices, if anyone is interested in investing in this very physical medium.
Vein of Gold by Carolyn Stephens
This photo is a wee section of the painting, it is about 2m long and hanging above our bed. I feel very blessed to have Carolyn in my life. Carolyn is a very talented Wanganui artist with a beautiful soul! I have 4 other pieces of Carolyn's in our home.
Little Angel by Gwen Coggin
Gwen was the 2nd artist to hire a space in the Paint Pit studio. She is a gem, and we still miss her to this day as she is back with her family in England, hopefully we will visit her soon.
Paua Heart by Rebecca Young
Rebecca is one of my best friends, she lives in Auckland and has a one of the biggest hearts, I miss her very much. Bex made this piece as our wedding gift.
The See Saw of life by Kate Livingston
Kate is a Wanganui artist that also hired a space in The Paint Pit. She like printmaking and painting as her mediums to work in. This print was also wedding gift, sorry, it's not the best photo.
Glass Bowl by Alice Clutterbuck
I went and helped Alice make a whole lot of glass at Chronicle Glass studio one hot day, and I ended up with this beautiful piece. Love you Alice x
Jesus by Mark Rayner
Mark was one of 6 artists that I had my first ever exhibition with. I fell in love with this piece and couldn't take my eyes off it. I’m hoping one day Mark will make a Mary Magdalene to keep this one company. Mark and his brother Paul have the Rayner Brothers Gallery in Guyton Street, Wanganui.
Taupo Quay by Joanna Gill
Joanna is one of Wanganui's characters! She used to exhibit in the Quayhole Gallery from time to time and had some great memories, shared with us. Rita Angus painted her portrait when she was a teenager which she didn't like, and scribbled on. So her mother (who owned a gallery in Wellington) sold it quickly. I have an article about the painting somewhere, I'll post it if I can find it. I had to buy this piece as it will always remind me of our time living on Taupo Quay.
The Rib by Vanessa Paikea
This is one of my sisters paintings, who is a very clever young woman. Her hands full with 6 lovely children. The eldest, Logan is 13 today. 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOGAN' x
Framed 29 by Diane Fazzini
Mum has been such a wonderful supporter on my artistic journey, she the first and last artist to hire a space in The Paint Pit. This painting was my 30th birthday present. It is a painting from a series of nudes she painted in 2005. I have loads of Mum's work, one of the Southern Cross which is hanging above my computer screen and this one...
Portrait of me by Diane Fazzini
Mum painted this painting the first time she stayed with me in Rotorua. I was stoked and my flatmate commissioned her to do a family portrait of their family.
Dancers by Nick Fedds
Nick did a painting a day for a year, this was day 50's painting. I see that he is doing a similar thing again this year. The photo isn't very good sorry.
Happy Man by Paula Ann Signal
Miss Paula is a very talented lady, comrade, and lovely friend. Always lots of fun and someone to pour my heart out too! This photo isn't very good, sorry.
Tizard Family Portrait by Rosalie Gwilliam
This photo goes with our family portrait I painted in 2007. Rosalie and I partnered up in the 'One Subject Two Views' exhibition hosted by the Wanganui Art Society and the Wanganui Camera Club. Rosalie is a hard case Wanganui character!
Pussy Cat by Joan Grehan
This is a photo that Joan took of her cat for the 'One Subject Two Views' exhibition held in the Quayhole Gallery. Joan and I were on the Arts Society Committee, I'm not sure she knew how to take me at first? Always a in depth discussion with Joan. RIP Joan Baby x x x.
Crown of Thorns by Shaughan Tizard
This was Shaughan's first big painting that he did in the Paint Pit studio. I hope when I get my next studio that he will paint with me again, it was lots of fun! I have a few more of his paintings but he hates it that I post stuff about him so this is the only piece I will share today.
Colour Chart by Stu Farmer
I have totally claimed this painting, and he doesn’t even know it yet. I met Stu in Palmerston North at one of my friend's house. Both of them came and stayed with me in Wanganui for a weekend and bought over this painting for the gallery. Last I heard he had taken off to follow his dream of being an artist and I have never seen him again. Stu, if you read this let me know if you want the painting back.
Wanganui has some fantastic up and coming artists and if you can, next March the artists are opening their studios up to the public to come and visit their working environment and purchase their work. Check out the Open Studios website for more details. Artists need your support!!! A world without artists would be a boring place.
My Youtube clip for the day is How To Know If You Should Buy A Particular Piece Of Art
Buy art you love! I have a painting that I wish I had bought over 10 years ago!
The card for my day was Power
It said....allow yourself to express your power. Being powerful is safe for you, knowing that you express your power with love. You have all the power of your creator within you. All the power of divine love, wisdom and intelligence is available to you. You have the spiritual power to see angels and the future. You have the intellectual power to tap into the universal wisdom of one mind. You have the emotional power to empathize with others, and physical power is truly unlimited. The angels ask you to give them any fears you may have connected with being a powerful person. Your angels see a quite and beautiful aspect of your true power stemming from the only power in the universe, divine love. Allow yourself to shine with this radiant love so that your true power can radiate out into the world in miraculous ways. What can I say? it's all about love!