I received this message on my Facebook page: Jessy Georgiou said:
"I saw your art over the weekend at the fair in Silverstream. It made me SO happy! I would love for you to do a painting of my dog Shade at some point.
I just love how bright and happy your work is. It filled me with absolute joy!"
Comments like that make my day. You can't ask for more than filling someone with ABSOLUTE JOY! when they view your work.
Peoples Choice Award Winner 2018
Wellington Regional Arts Review
Expressions Whirinaki Gallery, Upper Hutt
Very pleased when I was informed I was the Peoples Choice Award Winner. I really did do a little happy dance!
'You Will Be Mine' & 'One Way Or Another I'm Gonna Get You' achieved that accolade for me.
On the 31st. May 2018 I had 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. On the Awards night I had a bonus surprise at being named one of the top 10 finalists. Then to gain The Peoples Choice Award really was the icing on the cake - well donut!.
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.
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 with costing starting from $350 NZ 12" x 12" - $2500 for 1 metre plus size pieces depending on size of painting required and if a portrait how many people or animals 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, for years to come. They are UV varnished and will last years and years.
Received on commissioned paintings :
"It has quickly become one of my most prized possessions
thank you so much Karin, it is just beautiful and has captured my girl's personality and spirit perfectly"
Aimee Watkin, Kapiti Coast, NZ on receiving her commissioned wedding present, 2020
'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 " 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'