Julie Davidson – Guest Artist 2019
Born in Sunderland, United Kingdom Julie has lived in New Zealand for 15 years. On Julie’s arrival in 2004 her experience as an artist was acknowledged immediately when Manuka Art in Palmerston North not only bought prints but also asked if Julie could teach. This led to a long following of students who benefited from Julie’s tuition. Julie has taught at Square Edge in Palmerston North, Fielding High School, Julia Wallace Retirement Village, and Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Service (MASH). The list goes on including teaching privately.
Throughout her career as an artist Julie has always had a vested interest in conservation. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) was a major focus for Julie in the UK. Julie became a patron of Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne UK and built a good working relationship with John Aspinall’s Wild Animal Park in Port Lympne Park in Kent. This working relationship is now being explored with Nga Manu Reserve in Waikanae. Her latest pastel picture, ‘The Duck,” was taken at Nga Manu Reserve.
A New Zealand Citizen, Julie’s journey from a self- taught Wildlife Artist expands 25+ years. To develop her learning in 2010, Julie completed a Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging, focusing on digital media, illustration, design and photography at the University College Of Learning (UCOL) in Palmerston North. In 2011, Julie completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at Massey University. The intention was to share her skills with the young generation.
Julie presently resides in Kapiti Coast with her family and teaches 2 days a week at Raumati South Primary School, leaving time to invest in producing art, or be accessible to photography jobs. Julie’s artwork has sold throughout her career as collectable pieces having been sold privately and at numerous exhibitions including, ‘The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts’ in Wellington. Julie has participated in the Kapiti Arts Trail since 2017, and is listed for the upcoming 2019 trail. Her commitment to conservation is still strong.
I was born in Russia but didn’t start pursuing an interest in art until after I emigrated to New Zealand in 2006. My favourite medium is acrylic and oil on canvas and my artwork ranges from landscapes to still life. As a lover of nature, I enjoy painting animals, birds, and wildlife and this extends to the painting of pet portraits.Drawing on my own imaging elements I try to express the beauty of the world through my eyes and the emotions this raises in me. My artwork can be found in private collections throughout NZ and overseas.
Tabitha Maxwell, also known as street artist TAMAASA, is a practicing fine artist with a bachelor from Whitecliffe College of art and design. Her recognisable neon and black contrasts act as a backdrop on digital, and fine art works on steel, wood, wall and paper.
The easily recognisable neon style of Tamaasa has been sold and exhibited for over twenty years now in New Zealand, and abroad, depicting gorgeous aboriginal faces, native fauna, landscape and wildlife, infused into surrealist fantastical imagery.
Latest works explore the idea of WAIRUA – The non-physical spirit of a person, place, or mythical guardian of Aotearoa.
Vonnie’s paintings celebrate the colour and light aspects of what is unique about New Zealand and in particular the Manawatu.
Vonnie has exhibited Internationally as well as in New Zealand, both as an invited and solo artist.
“I paint simply because it makes me whole!”
Painting is both an obsession and vocation.
“Growing up within the surrounds of the Clutha and now the Manawatu rivers means water etched gorges and plains are so much a part of who I am. Overwhelming light, skies, seasons, and landform allow me enormous compositional scope.
I am convinced there is a connection between painter and landscape that is emotionally intimate. My particular connection is the Manawatu river and the way old macrocarpa and Nikau punctuate this regions’ landscape.
I endeavour is to construct beautiful paintings, with that little extra something that makes them individual and unique.
I studied at the School of Fine Arts, Dunedin from 1980-1983, graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts, majoring in painting. After travelling and living in the UK for several years I returned to live in Palmerston North in 1991.
2002, I held my first solo exhibition “Gardens”, at the Van Uffelen gallery, a series of garden scenes painted in acrylic on canvas.
2004 , My second solo exhibition entitled “Walk of Life” was shown at the Van Uffelen included portraiture and figure paintings in a mixture of acrylics and oils on canvas.
2009 , I was part of a joint exhibition at Square edge Art centre I exhibited a collection of Beach and Sea paintings, acrylic on canvas, and a series of small landscapes acrylic on wooden blocks.
2012, I held a exhibition at Square edge Art centre “Can’t see the wood for the trees” showing a collection of 17 large charcoal drawings on paper with images of trees, forests and landscapes.
2014, My exhibition “Walk with me” at Taylor Jensen gallery consisted of a collection of 50 small oil paintings on canvas and includes landscapes, forests and seascapes.
2017, “The Spaces between” at Taylor Jensen gallery, was a new collection of works, mainly landscapes and seascapes. There was a variety of mediums acrylics/oils/pencil and works ranged from large canvases to smaller framed pieces. Some of the canvases and frames were recycled from past pieces.
2018, I started working on a series of paintings called “Watercolours” I showed these paintings at the Manawatu Art Trail, and a few of these as well as a few of the “cant see the wood for the trees” charcoal’s will be for sale at this year’s Manawatu ART Sale
2019, I am continuing to work in the style of the “watercolour” pieces, incorporating buildings/sheds and landscapes