NZ land­scapes in­spire artist

Napier Courier - - NEWS - BY BRENDA VOW­DEN brenda.vow­

Although most of Jo Fisher’s art is overseas, the sub­ject of her paint­ings is very much rooted in New Zealand.

Jo’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, show­ing at Gan­net Sa­faris Over­land in Te Awanga, de­picts the land­scapes of her sur­round­ings. How­ever, it all be­gan with horses.

“I have al­ways drawn, mostly horses when very young, to the point that one of my aunts said, ‘Joanna, if you draw an­other horse, I will refuse to read the let­ter’.”

Jo says she al­ways draws be­fore paint­ing — “I love do­ing both.” Although not a full­time artist, she is now semi-re­tired, so able to de­vote more hours to her craft. She says in­spi­ra­tion comes from all around.

“My in­spi­ra­tion comes from my sur­round­ings, my wan­der­ings in New Zealand and beauty any­where, in­clud­ing peo­ple and an­i­mals. I am al­ways grate­ful to be a New Zealan­der and live in this amaz­ing and very beau­ti­ful place.”

Jo says her paint­ings be­gin with a de­gree of ner­vous­ness, with the paint­ing tak­ing over as the work changes with progress.

“Paint­ing is es­capism, but if things don’t quite work, paint­ing is frus­tra­tion and hard work. I am a dis­ci­plined worker, espe­cially with com­mis­sions. Com­mis­sions are a joy as they are re­quested ar­eas and of­ten in unique places that are pos­si­bly in­ac­ces­si­ble for the gen­eral pub­lic.”

Although her paint­ings are for sale, she does find it hard to part with some of her work.

“Some paint­ings I do find dif­fi­cult to sell. I have one of Wanaka in my col­lec­tion that I re­ally don’t want to sell.”

■ Paint­ings by Jo Fisher (Speedy) Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale, Gan­net Sa­faris Over­land, 396 Clifton Rd, Te Awanga. Open­ing Fri­day, Novem­ber 2, 5pm-7pm un­til Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2. For more in­for­ma­tion or to check out Jo’s art visit www.jofisher­

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