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A year has passed since I returned to New Zealand after hosting a successful Open Studio in Wales (my country of birth) and participated in two exhibitions on the stunning island of Anglesey.
I showcased a new body of work entitled 'Sense of Belonging' depicting the amazing beaches and landscapes of that island.
On the 31st. May 2018 I received a letter congratulating me on having been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Wellington Regional Arts Review. Exciting!!
I had entered two of my three paintings created to coincide with the Chinese Year of The Dog. Exhibition is on until August 5th.at Expressions Whirinaki, Upper Hutt. On the Awards night I had a bonus surprise at being names one of the top 10 finalists.
They show a Dutch Shepherd lusting for a pink donut and just having to eat it.
Symbolising so many things in life we lust after, even when we know they are not particularly good for us. And the determination to get that object. Credit given to Inuk who lives in Germany and paintmyphoto.
October 2017 saw some flower paintings of mine being displayed up in Taranaki to coincide with The Taranaki Garden Festival.
Whilst in December a new and vibrant gallery in Waihi Beach accepted my work.
My acrylic paintings are colourful, daringly bold, and a suggestive observation of a moment captured. Being expressive in movement, brushstrokes, vibrant & watchful of reflective values in thought and light.
When teaching I implored students to be expressive and dynamic in movement and facial expressions.
I am now this in my art .
" Colour is pivotal to my work "
Vincent Van Gogh said:
"Colour in a picture is like enthusiasm in life" ~
Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853-1890
Commissioned portraits have the subjects favourite colours incorporated into them or yours if it is a portrait of your beloved pet or a landscape of a memorable place or view you love.
Paintings can be commissioned costing from $350 NZ 12" x 12" - $2500 for over 1 metre pieces depending on size of painting required and if a portrait how many people will be painted. As a painting of three takes a lot more hours/weeks to paint than a single person.
I take a lot of care and time over my commissions as I want the recipient to be very happy with their painting.
Received on commissioned paintings in 2017 & 2016:
'I can't express how much I love my painting and how you have made it so personal to me I feel truly lucky to own such a treasure. '
"I enjoy my painting soo much I will be getting another " Messages I received from Paula Lloyd, Anglesey, Wales, UK
'Wearing my heart on the outside' is an absolute hit with all! She looks just how we remember her and love it so much. Thank you, thank you,thank you and for the words in the card you wrote explaining piece, just perfect' Catrina Crossley, Lower Hutt, NZ
" Love it! She'll love it " spoken by Brooke with a tear in her eye Wellington, NZ
" I have received my portrait commission from Karin McCombe Jones. It is absolutely wonderful and looks exactly like Aubree-Jane. I recommend anybody wanting a portrait done to speak to Karin." Liz Keating, Wellington, NZ
Owner of portrait commission 'Joe at Mount Etna" had this to say
'Like it??? We absolutely LOVE it!!!' Barbara Deary, Solihull, U.K
'Man's best friend' ...'That is sooooooooo awesome
You have done a wicked job
Can't wait to give it to him" - B.Sellers, Tauranga, NZ
Hi Karin, it's arrived - I absolutely love it - it's completely mesmerising! Took me ages to unpack it! I'm so happy with it!!! Thank you so very much! M.Goy, Lincoln, UK
Every work I create tells a story. 'Hear them Speak'
Karin is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Wellington, New Zealand.
Lots of her work shows her love of 'the whimsical ' with hidden messages and symbolism behind the pieces. Her passion for movement is often a re - occurring theme, especially when working in bronze.
Karin McCombe Jones was born and grew up in Wales, on the beautiful island of Anglesey.
She has a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Dance with Art & Design from John Moores, Liverpool, England and a
Diploma of Art & Creativity from The Learning Connexion, International School of Art & Creativity, Wellington, New Zealand
Karin has lived and worked as a teacher of the Arts in England, Canada & New Zealand.
Whilst living in Canada she was part of the gallery 'Artique' in Powell River, British Columbia.
In 2004 Karin and her family emigrated to New Zealand.
A riddle for you 'I gave up Art to do Art'
In 2012 Karin gave up full time teaching in order to focus on her own Art.. She now runs workshops in acrylic painting , encaustic wax painting and sculpting from her studio and offers tailor made 1 day, 2 day, weekly & Artist in residence packages for schools.