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About

The Oxford dictionary defines a loft as traditionally an attic or room over a stable. Art Loft Studio is a small building which sits firmly on the ground and is situated in paradise. It was a haven for another artist before me and was moved to its current location where it now serves as a studio and gallery to welcome visitors.



Exhibitions
  • National PANZ Exhibition Stratford March 2019
  • Annual Mercury Bay Art Escape Open Studio 2011 – 2019
  • Adams Awards Finalist, New Zealand Portrait Gallery 2018, 2012, 2010
  • National PANZ Exhibition Morrinsville 2018
  • National PANZ Exhibition Mapua 2016
  • National PANZ Exhibition Auckland 2013
  • Upstairs Gallery of Fine Arts Whitianga 2007
  • Signal Gallery Waitakere, Auckland 2006
  • Onehunga Community Centre Auckland 2006
  • Auckland East Arts Society – Doreen Bawden Portrait Award 2005
  • Fishers Fine Arts Auckland 2005
  • Mairangi Bay Arts Centre Auckland 2004
  • Kings College Sale of Fine Art Auckland 2003, 2004
  • The Church Hahei 2003

About Me

I have been painting and drawing portraits for as long as I can remember. After an extensive career in Graphic Design my interest in portraiture eventually became a vocation and I worked for many years specialising in portraits of children. Now including adults too, I find it especially rewarding to bring a person’s best qualities and those significant years of a life lived into the work. My portraits have been included in many exhibitions and I have been a finalist in the Adams Portraiture Awards on three occasions.

Living on the Coromandel Peninsula I am surrounded by beautiful scenery and beaches and can take advantage of the infinite inspiration on my doorstep. While continuing to undertake commission portraits I also paint and explore new ways of reflecting our coastal environment.

I am very happy to see the huge diversity and increase in the use of pastel in recent years. Pastel as an excellent medium for achieving the life-like detail that I strive for in most of my work but there are many different ways for pastel to be applied. I conduct pastel workshops for people wishing to learn the technique of pastel layering and how to achieve different results with the many pastel papers available. I am available to travel to your location for groups of five or more people.

I am a member of PANZ (Pastel Artists of New Zealand) and a long-time member of the Mercury Bay Art Escape group. If you are travelling to the Coromandel area I would be delighted to meet you and share with you my current projects. See the Contact page for details to arrange a visit to Art Loft Studio, or to enquire about a painting, portrait commission, or Pastel Workshop.

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Contact Information

Please note that I am situated in Whitianga on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. I am available to travel to your location.

Mobile: 021 254 5167
Email: Raewyn@pastelportraits.co.nz