Hock­ridge art still pop­u­lar


Cel­e­brated Kaik­oura artist Dianne Hock­ridge is happy with the re­sult of her lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion.

The award-win­ning artist held her an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion at the Me­mo­rial Hall on the last week­end of Oc­to­ber. She sold a quar­ter of the art­work on dis­play.

Hock­ridge has a very dis­tinc­tive, in­tri­cate style and paints with con­cen­tra­tion and de­tail. Her art can in­volve words, fig­ures and pic­tures, or a vari­a­tion of th­ese.

Much of the Kaiko¯ura land­scape is recog­nis­able in her work, although she can cre­ate from an idea or ob­ject. When she won the IHC Tele­com Art Awards in 2010 her ‘‘in­tri­cate pen and ink draw­ing’’ called Recipes (And Lots of Them) came from look­ing through recipe books where she cre­ated a pic­ture from her favourite recipes.

When she first started paint­ing Hock­ridge worked with mainly wa­ter­colour, and was in­tro­duced to In­dian ink by Kaiko¯ura artist Karen James.

Over the years her pieces had evolved us­ing a mix of me­dia - oils, acrylic wa­ter­colour, and pen.

Hock­ridge said she has ‘‘learnt a lot’’ from Karen James with style and colour.

James said Dianne Hock­ridge had been com­ing to her stu­dio Home­wood Hill for lessons for three years be­cause she wanted to try some­thing new. Pre­vi­ously Dianne had used felt pens, pen­cils, and wa­ter­colours, but now was us­ing In­dian ink with a brush. ‘‘It makes a heav­ier line, and she seems to like that,’’ said James.

‘‘Wa­ter colours of­fer a softer me­dia and acrylic can be quite bright and bolder.

Hock­ridge will be ex­hibit­ing four of her paint­ings at the Kaiko¯ura Gar­den Club Rose Show on Satur­day Novem­ber 25 at the Me­mo­rial Hall.

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