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Bio – Cassandra the artist

One of Cassandra’s favourite quotes comes from Picasso, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

“The power of creativity to positively impact on peoples lives is the force that inspires me to create”.

2008 brought Cassandra a sense of immense pride with the success achieved through having entered art awards. She was a finalist in the 2008 Adam’s Portrait award and the supreme winner of the 2008 Wai Art Awards,. On the back of this success Cassandra was proud to share her joy alongside three other talented artists in a group exhibitions “Joyannce”.

Cassandra has participated in various overseas workshops including a Sumi–E ink painting workshop in Hawaii with ex-pat artist, Max Gimblett, her  works embrace the simplicity of pleasure and personal experiences that incite joy

“I am inspired by the East – particularly Buddhism, and the ancient art of calligraphy. As an intuitive artist with a passion for following my ‘inner joy’ I hope my work captures and celebrates the  ‘life-giving’ aspects of art, and leaves viewers with a feeling of pleasure and contentment.”

 

Creative Education

  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture -completed  2 years of 3 year degree
  • Certified Image and Colour Consultant – Fashion Academy 2008
  • Interactive Drawing Therapy – advanced 2006
  • Abstract painting workshops Jane Kellahan 2008
  • Abstract painting workshops Megan Schmidt 2008
  • Sumi Ink Painting with Max Gimblett in Hawaii, July 2008

Awards and achievements

  • Successfully wrote, designed and published Happy at Work: for mid-lifers, Dec 2009
  • Supreme Winner Wai Art Awards May 2008 for “Love Stain” – a mixed media triptych
  • Finalist The Adam Portrait Award and Exhibition, Wellington Feb 2008

Exhibitions

  • Wai Art 2008
  • The Adam Portrait Award and Exhibition, Wellington 21 February – 01 April 2008
  • Joy’ance  (group exhibition) – 28 Aug –  5 Sept, 2008
  • The Affordable Art Show, May 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • Maypole Gallery and Design, February -June 2008
  • Millwood Gallery, November 2006, 2008, 2010


Feedback about Cassandra’s works include:

Of the 12 judges 6 were from the art field. They were unanimous in choosing your piece. They are very knowledgeable about art and travel all over the world. These are people in the know. The photographer who brought your piece is a collector and is also very knowledgeable. Feedback from one of the judges when asked “why did the winner win” was “that it stood out from all the rest, it was different”  ~ Paulette, Wai Art Awards organiser

At the opening I sensed that here was a piece that truly spoke to me, it is kind of hard to explain but I saw it and fell in love with it. When i first saw it I knew I had to buy it and I have never regretted it for one moment. It is an uplifting image, thank you” ~ Richard Clark

“I like the attitude and philosophies that come across on your websites and the art is brilliant. Such a talent, go hard!” ~ Lionel

“I am think I am becoming a lover of abstract expressionism. Started with Cassandras work!!!”

The portrait of your grandmother was beautiful.  The skin tone was especially astounding.  Congratulations on it.” ~ Libby

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