Art show

Kapiti News - - Front Page - David Hax­ton

One of the many artists tak­ing part in the New­stalk ZB Para­pa­raumu Ro­tary Artshow at South­ward The­atre over Labour Week­end, will be Eva Saun­ders.

The artshow, which the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to see, is from Satur­day to Mon­day 10am to 4pm over the long week­end.

The 23 year old won the over­all prize in 2015 for her paint­ing called French­man.

“It was the first por­trait I had ever painted.

“I used to paint only land­scapes.

“Af­ter I painted French­man I re­alised I loved paint­ing por­traits and now they are all I ever paint.

“My por­trait paint­ings have changed a lot within the past three years and I now do them a lot more ab­stract as it’s what I en­joy do­ing.

“It’s a lot freer and can be more ex­pres­sive.

“I re­mem­ber when I saw a black and white photograph of Serge Reg­giani that my French friend had and I knew that I wanted to paint him.

“He had a lot of emo­tion in his eyes.

“Now when­ever I paint a por­trait the eyes are the most im­por­tant part for me.

“They don’t need to be de­tailed or have much time spent on them, they just need to have that emo­tion in them when you look at a paint­ing.”

Eva liked the artshow as it gave her the op­por­tu­nity to show off her work.

“I of­ten try to have ex­hi­bi­tions else­where or dis­play my work and get re­jected which isn’t al­ways easy.

“I know the art world is strange and very picky but I am happy with the work I pro­duce and won’t let that get me down so I ac­tu­ally ended up hold­ing my own suc­cess­ful ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It’s al­ways nice get­ting ac­cepted into the Ro­tary Artshow be­cause you don’t need to be a fa­mous artist.

“They give you a chance which I re­ally¯ap­pre­ci­ate.”

Eva, from Ohau, has been into art all her life, and fondly re­calls grow­ing up in an artis­tic fam­ily in O¯ taki Gorge.

“The peace­ful­ness of that place made me ap­pre­ci­ate the sim­pler things in life.

“We lived in one of the small­est houses in the neigh­bour­hood but that didn’t mat­ter as ev­ery­thing we had we held very close.

“The house was al­ways filled by mu­sic, love and laugh­ter.

“I think all of this has in­flu­enced me to be an artist.”

Eva said she art was a way of ex­press­ing how she felt as well as im­por­tant for her men­tal health.

“I see art in a lot of things, not just paint­ing or draw­ing.

“I see it when I’m lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, watch­ing the sun­rise or set, snow­board­ing, run­ning in the rain.

“Art is in ev­ery­thing.” More­over she loves be­ing an artist.

“I put my heart and soul into my art — it’s ev­ery­thing that I am.”

Eva Saun­ders will be en­ter­ing this art­work in the New­stalk ZB Para­pa­raumu Ro­tary Artshow called Crumpy.

An award win­ning art­work called French­man by Eva Saun­ders.

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