S: Four New Zealand Artists 2011
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FC: Four New Zealand Artists 2011
1: Alyson thank you for everything you have taught us about marketing our art, from the Paint Pit Art Marketing Salon. To show our appreciation we have created this book about us. Our group was made up of four wonderful ladies from all around New Zealand; Deanna Gracie from Christchurch, Ronda Turk from Levin, Diane Fazzini, and Denita Tizard from Wanganui. Denita was the group facilitator. We used Skype to communicate with each other and have a group facebook page so we can share ideas between each session. We are still getting together once a month, have become great friends and continue to provide support for each other. paintpit.com
2: Deanna Gracie - contemporary jewellery artist Twenty years ago I followed my dream of designing and creating handmade jewellery and soon realized I had found my niche in life. Now the time spent in my studio is a wonderful journey of exploration and discovery. From sterling silver, gold, alloy metals and gemstones, small wearable objects of art are coaxed into being. I love layering metals with contrasting colours and textures to achieve a tactile, 3D effect to my designs. Daily walks around the beach and estuary near my studio provides endless inspiration. The ocean in particular has a calming, meditative effect on my emotions and I enjoy translating these feelings into something tangible, lasting and beautiful. I especially enjoy the handmade aspect of my craft. Hand-fabricated jewellery looks and feels really special because, I believe, the energy that passes from the maker to the object remains forever within the finished piece. I love the fact that something I have made with my hands and from my heart can also be precious to someone else – that the piece they choose becomes an extension of their own personality, to be constantly worn and enjoyed. | CONTACT DETAILS 16 Pukeko Place, Southshore Christchurch 8062 New Zealand +64 3 388 2596 firstname.lastname@example.org nzjewellerydesign.com
5: Deanna Gracie
6: Ronda Turk Artist Since the very first time I held a pencil, I have been expressing myself artistically. Having had many drawings published on the 'Kidstuff' page of the Evening post, my Miramar North schoolteacher made my mother promise to take my art through to at least Tertiary level. On completion of Bursary level Art, I did a certificate in Drawing and Perspective from the Winchester School of Art. From there I channelled my creativity into theatre set design and painting, also becoming a founding member of the Foxton Murals Committee. Becoming an active member of Foxton Camera Club led me to winning the champion Image of the year. In 2002 I was a finalist in the Telecom Art awards. By 2003 I had gained a diploma in art and creativity from The Learning Connexion. Upon graduation I found gallery representation and since then have taken part in many exhibitions around New Zealand, including participating in the first New Zealand Art show and every show since. I joined the Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 and enjoy exhibiting there with other members, celebrating my first Solo with the academy in 2011. My paintings are now held in collections in Australia, England, America, Italy and New Zealand. Through social media I met the director of United States Jewellery Company ‘Bajidoo’ - this led to a contract in which four of my paintings are being used as inspiration for designs on their bangles. The highlight of 2010 was travelling and exhibiting in Italy, ‘Legato’ was an exhibition promoting peace through remembrance. | CONTACT DETAILS c/o Pit Stop Levin 322 Oxford Street Levin 5510 New Zealand 027 567 9998 email@example.com rondaturk.webs.com
8: Ronda Turk
10: Diane Fazzini Artist Drawing initiated my love for the arts and I always dreamed of being an artist. The process of working a blank canvas into a painting strikes me as magical and over the years the process has changed from being a hobby into an art career. Painting fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity, and has proven to be a vehicle for communicating my inner vision. I paint quite deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, while still allowing my subconscious mind to bring an element of surprise. The concrete, repetitive nature of this work frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accidents and grace to influence the finished product. Recently I've found myself exploring a subject; bottles using two mediums, ceramics and painting. The process goes from 2D to 3D and then back to 2D. I like to play with light and scale perspective to entertain and challenge the viewer. | CONTACT DETAILS 20 Nile Street Wanganui 4500 New Zealand +64 3 343 3151 firstname.lastname@example.org paintpit.com
12: Diane Fazzini
14: Denita Tizard Pop Artist "The complete silence except for the tinkling of the brush in the water jar and the brush strokes of paint being applied to canvas fills my soul". Art is my secret 'good life' remedy and I am addicted. It fills me with euphoria and I have no control. Luckily for me, I found this secret out at the young age of 26. Painting is simply hard work; I roll my sleeves up and get on with it. The more energy and dedication I invest, the more being an artist becomes exciting and fun. When painting, I work in my subconscious mind, so my paintings contain spiritual elements and have uplifting qualities that arise from the intense colour vibrations of emotion and sensation. I love how colour vibrates through light, and can change the mood in a person instantly. I am all for emotional wellbeing and for everyone to have a good quality of life, so that is why I paint - to bring happiness and love into people's homes - I love people! My love of people and the strong need to inspire other artists led me to develop Paintpit.com. The Paint Pit website explores art both diverse and contemporary. Each individual artist's contribution is amazing and the sharing of their own vision inspires passion in other artists. The website has exceeded my expectations, and I enjoy building these special artist relationships. | CONTACT DETAILS 76 Paterson Street Wanganui, 4500 New Zealand +64 3 343 9212 +64 274 690 411 email@example.com denitatizard.com denitatizard.blogspot.com facebook.com/denitatizard
16: Denita Tizard
18: A message from Deanna Although a lot of turmoil erupted in my life during the art salon, the camaraderie and unwavering support from other members in the group especially Dee kept me from “giving up” when it would have been very easy to do so. I have learnt so much and have thoroughly enjoyed working through the art salon exercises, even though some of them have taken me out of my comfort zone! Working alongside other artists was a new experience for me as I’m usually “an island” so it was great to trust and be open to ideas other than my own. In doing so I feel it has taken me to a whole new level of understanding the nuances and complexities involved in marketing my art. Thank you for providing such a fantastic course! | A message from Ronda I found the Art Marketing Salon a wonderful, challenging and enlightening journey. Working through each set has extended me, helped me set goals and follow them through. I still have more goals in the pipeline, making the whole experience exciting also. Being in this cosy group is a big part of the success, the support has been unwavering. I had my first Solo Show at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts during the course. Thank you for sharing your wealth of information.
19: A message from Diane The information you supplied for our art marketing salon helped me become motivated with my artwork again. The course helped me get rid of clutter and now I'm building a body of work with just one subject and that is bottles, which I am creating in two mediums; ceramics and paint on canvas. I feel really focused and serious about the direction I am taking. I love your list of arty things to do so much that I put them in the back of my diary and I flip over to them if I ever feel the need to be inspired during my day. Thank you! Denita's idea to use skype conference to facilitate the group worked perfectly. Dee put a fantastic group together and I have enjoyed getting to know and trust all the ladies. I look forward to watching everyone expand their artistic careers and also continuing on with our friendships. | A message from Denita Our artist salon started out with 6 artists from around the country and we made it to the last session with 4 of us left standing. It was intense and a huge learning curve for me in many ways. Sometimes it felt like information overload, but we all came out with a better understanding of how to get ourselves to the next level in our careers. The most rewarding part for me was definitely working with Deanna, Ronda and Diane. I would have been happy to read the book by myself, but I wouldn't have got half as much out of it as I have with them by my side and going through the exercises as a collective. Thank you for providing such excellent tools to apply to our careers. We are all excited and are heading for the top! If you do ever decide to come to New Zealand, please let me know and I will be happy to help with connecting you with more New Zealand artists!