Nicolette Russell Brodnax
I have been a keen artist since my school
days but for over 25 years pursued instead a fairly standard career path of
university, a profession and family. I maintained
however a keen interest in the visual arts attending courses at both Waikato Society of
Arts and at the Elam summer
school programme at Auckland
Recently I stepped back from my career specifically
to live the dream and pick up my brushes full time. I paint in oils; largely portraits, landscapes
and still life. Although my style is
realistic it also reflects my love of colour and its potential to affect our emotions.
The greatest influences on what I paint are
a lifelong love of the New
Zealand bush and the transition from a
high-pressure career to motherhood. The
latter re-focused me on those little things that used to fill us with wonder
but, as we get busier, we stop noticing.
There is an element of my work that is shamelessly domestic:
categorising everything from the theft of apples from my tree to battles with
parking meter maids. I spent winter 2013
living and painting in National Park and recent works feature large-scale
botanical paintings of some of New
Zealand’s hardy alpine plants.
My drawing experience and attention to
detail translate well into printmaking. I
love its intimacy, tonal qualities and versatility as well as the ‘reveal’
where each individual hand-inked piece comes out of the press as something
unique. I print mainly in aquatint, the
process of progressively burning with acid onto a metal plate to build up the
layered tones of my original drawing. My
etchings and woodcuts are more light-hearted, quirky commentaries on modern
life. All are original, in strictly
limited editions and using high quality materials.
My work includes two large outdoor murals
at the Waterworld crèche in Te Rapa and I exhibit with the WSA and at Eivins
Cafe in National Park Village. I also
sell my work privately as well as through Arts Post in Hamilton and Kanuka in Raglan.
Contact Nicolette at firstname.lastname@example.org
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