Letter to Mike Nettman

My name is Joanne Gardner. I am based in Kerikeri and have many family connections in Kaitaia, north. Have have been painting for the last 6 years and have just finished my first year of my Bachelor of Applied Arts. I am delighted to have the opportunity to have the whole month of January 2010 to exhibit my work at Bank St Gallery in Kaitaia.

I generally paint in Oils on canvas, my style has been intuitive with the paintings just flowing from the end of my paint brush with no initial thought or planning…I have painted hearts this way for years…not deliberately but instead these were all that came from my brush. I have since extended my mediums using acrylics and calligraphy inks on a range of different supports including driftwood.

I am a published poet also and have used my year at Art School to find a way to merge my writing and painting. I have discovered that the missing link for me was drawing and have utilised Indian inks and Calligraphy inks to merge both my passions. This has resulted in a Post Modernist art style…funny…I had no idea that my work had such a fancy genre until I completed my Art in History paper. Made me laugh to think I could now fit in a box…lol.

The work on display will be Oils and Acrylics that have been created in the last year. Also nearer the end of January I will do an evening finale which will include the installation that I concluded my first year of study with…it is described by Scott McFarlane as an Interesting and Arresting Installation. It is called “Private”. This will be an exclusive showing to invited guests only. I will be inviting you.

Here is a link to my website www.heartart.co.nz and many of the painting there will be on exhibit in Kaitaia.

I will be having my opening event on the 5th January 2010 from 3pm-7pm with Wine and Nibbles at Bank St Gallery in Kaitaia. The overall name for the month is “New Beginnings”.

Please add me to the Diary for Jan2010.