(Dip. Fine Arts -Canterbury) – I enjoy all kinds of painting and mediums. I love the mystery oils disclose, the inventiveness of acrylics and their potential textural qualities to explore and the cleanness of watercolour. I enjoy drawing. I am attracted to all kinds of subjects. I am just as happy exploring tonal variations of an abstract as in exploring the lines of nature. I have lived in both Zimbabwe and California and am currently in Hamilton, New Zealand, home of my birth. I also do illustration and commissions to do pastels of pets from owner’s photos. I am tutoring art for adults at the moment and enjoy the interaction and stimulation to new works. I encourage the emergence of a new Renaissance of excellence and honesty among artists everywhere. In both my classes of Watercolour and Acrylics I have a mix of absolute beginners to competent artists and aim to bring satisfaction to both. This is done by allowing freedom to chose if they want to follow a step by step lesson or work on something of their own. We will work on a variety of subjects and teach traditional techniques and methods. I also like to introduce them to the works of various historical and recent artists. We aim to have fun on the way. My reward is when a beginner finally breaks through and finds themselves doing something they never dreamed they would achieve. I feel responsible for passing on my years of experience to anyone who comes with that excited expectation to learn something, and the trust that they gain as the weeks progress that they will not be disappointed. Rather that the knowledge gained will stand them in good stead, confident to explore the materials for themselves and thus emerge as a budding artist. Haydn teaches a Tuesday Watercolour class and a Wednesday Acrylics class, both in the morning.
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