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.