Paradise Found

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11 July - 4 August

 

Paradise found
It seems cliche to say that I love our piece of paradise here at the bottom of the
world. But it’s true. We do live in a part of the world blessed with the best.
My family have been well trained to travel with me. We chance upon painting
opportunities on every hairpin gravel road.
Half an hour can make the difference between something that begs to be painted
and just another hill. 8am. When the light catches the fronds of the nikau and
they pop with yellow light. 4pm. The hour when the sun starts to head for the hills
and creates the most incredible shadows in the valleys.
My inspiration for this show comes from a bushwalk I took with the family and
some friends. Bushwacking up a small stream in summer, we were minding
every step as we muddled over slippery rocks. I stopped for a minute and looked
up. The way the sun caught the nikau and ponga fronds quite simply took my
breath away. I called to the others and asked them to just stop and look up for a
moment. “How beautiful is this!” I asked. Everyone stopped and with that there
was only the sound of the stream washing over the rocks as we all took in this
beauty. It was a kind of paradise.
With all life presents us with today I would like to think that my paintings are
windows through which we can escape to a bright day when the winds are cold or
our day is a little bleak.
They are a call to action to stop every now and again to lift our heads and
remember just how lucky we are.
Kirsty Nixon

Paradise found

It seems cliche to say that I love our piece of paradise here at the bottom of the world, but it’s true. We do live in a part of the world blessed with the best.

My family have been well trained to travel with me. We chance upon painting opportunities on every hair-pin gravel road.

Half an hour can make the difference between something that begs to be painted and just another hill. 8am, when the light catches the fronds of the Nikau and they pop with yellow light. 4pm, the hour when the sun starts to head for the hills and creates the most incredible shadows in the valleys.

My inspiration for this show comes from a bushwalk I took with the family and some friends. Bush-wacking up a small stream in summer, we were minding every step as we muddled over slippery rocks. I stopped for a minute and looked up. The way the sun caught the nikau and ponga fronds quite simply took my breath away. I called to the others and asked them to just stop and look up for a moment. “How beautiful is this?” I asked. Everyone stopped, there was only the sound of the stream washing over the rocks as we all took in this beauty. It was a kind of paradise.

With all life presents us with today I would like to think that my paintings are windows through which we can escape to a bright day when the winds are cold or our day is a little bleak. They are a call to action to stop every now and again to lift our heads and remember just how lucky we are.

I live in Auckland with my husband and two wonderful children who seem to happily tolerate canvases at various stages of completion throughout the house.

Born 1969

Kirsty Nixon

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