I was introduced to painting about 10 years ago when I went to a beginner painting in acrylics art weekend. But due to being very busy as a mother, chartered accountant and working partner on a dairy farm I didn’t actually manage to do any more than one painting a year. In September 2014 I attended a pet portraits workshop tutored by Maxine Thompson and I was hooked on pastels. I find them to be a forgiving medium that I can pick up at any time even with long breaks and have actually managed to do some painting over the past two years.
Tony began painting at a very early age and held his first exhibition when he was just 17yrs old. As a pastel painter, Tony has gained many awards in juried competitions, Regionally, Nationally and Internationally as well as being accepted into the most prestigious Galleries. His paintings are in collections around the world, including England, France, Australia and New Zealand.
I am strongly influenced by my Graphic Design background. I see ordinary things and ideas emerging and developing in my mind, a never-ending flow…they are fun-loving imaginings that eventually find their place on the paper, initially for my own pleasure but increasingly to bring pleasure to others.
My first dogs running were mono-prints, a series created in 1990 called "dog, fog, jog…".
By nature in every sense of the word, dogs are colourful.
Max was born in Blenheim in 1944. His family encouraged creativity and he learned to play the piano as a child as well as being encouraged to try various artistic pursuits. He joined the Bank of New Zealand on leaving school and after having been transferred to Wellington bought a potter’s wheel in association with a childhood friend. He describes pottery as useful, beautiful and durable and derives great satisfaction from seeing his pieces in daily use. Max is never happier than when working with groups of people towards a common objective.
Michael was born in 1957, Auckland, New Zealand. He went to Elam to be a painter and left a product designer. However, after a successful design career in 2010, he decided to return to his passion for painting.
The two mediums that Michael enjoys painting in most are pastel and acrylic, as they both suit his photo-realistic style and love of detail.
Journeys along New Zealand's roads provide his inspiration and subjects of interest include: old weathered sheds, barns, railway carriages, windows and doors, old locks, and farm animals (mainly cows).
Julie Greig lives in the historic village of Burkes Pass, Mackenzie Country, New Zealand where she paints from her studio and gallery.
Julie is best known for details, texture and atmosphere in her pastel paintings. She also paints in oils on canvas or panel, sometimes acrylics or oil sticks, and enjoys creating oil mono prints and drawing expressive works in graphite or charcoal. Julie has also illustrated and designed children’s books, and postage stamps.
I have been involved with art since about 2000, initially using watercolours, then enjoying the immediacy of pastels. We live on a 5acre block on the outskirts of Invercargill, where my large garden is a continual source of inspiration. Outside art, I enjoy golf, heritage roses, reading copiously, travel, and of course children and grandchildren.
Wilson has been painting since 2002 and has had little formal art training apart from attending regular Sally Maguire workshops in Paraparaumu in the early years and attending 2–day workshops with other pastelists including top Australian and American artists.
I have been drawing and painting for about 10 years but discovered pastels after attending classes at the Mairangi Art Centre. I am very enthusiastic about pastels – their freshness, colour range and compatibility with my style. I am a member of the Depot Artspace, Estuary Arts and the Mairangi Art Centre and exhibit regularly with these galleries as well as having my own solo exhibitions from time to time.
I have been a member of PANZ for 12 years approximately and was introduced to pastels by Walter and Dorothy Scott while living in Marlborough. I was secretary to the Marlborough Art Society for about three years and through this organisation, I was very fortunate to have attended a Tony Allain workshop which I found very exciting and so inspirational that I can’t wait to do another one if I am
Maxine specialises in portraits of people and animals. She delivers her passion for realism to her work, capturing the character and essence of her subjects. Many of her works are commissioned portraits, and she gains great satisfaction from accurately portraying the personality of the subject.
I am a Charter member of PANZ and have been involved with the Executive committee for several years. Firstly as Vice President and then President. This year I stood down from that position. In the early years, there were many decisions to be made in the way PANZ was to function and what our members could benefit from. Thus the Scholarship and Digital Challenge were put in place to give something back to members which I hope many are taking up the challenge.