I am a 22-year-old self-taught artist from the Wairarapa, New Zealand, and absolutely love gifting moments of magic through art. I paint in oils and love using tiny brushes to create intricate details.
Drawing, painting, and art has always been somewhat of a second nature to me. Most children draw frequently throughout childhood and I was no different. But when my peers put down their pencils around the ages of 11, 12 and 13, I never stopped. By the time I reached the age of 18 I knew there was no other path for me, and whatever the odds, I was going to make my dream into a reality. Therefore, after leaving school, and with an encouraging push from my partner and family, it only made sense for me to become a full-time artist.
After my first 6 months of painting full time, I quickly learnt how naïve it was to think that making a living from art is as simple as painting every day. To be a full-time artist I realized that I not only needed the skills to paint but I needed a business brain to back it. With this in mind, I completed three courses covering small business management, project management and money management across two years and have been applying my learnings to my business ever since. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to make a living from my passion and use my skills in ways that are meaningful for others.