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.