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Bio – Cassandra the artist

 

 

“One of my favourite quotes comes from Picasso, Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” The power of creativity to positively impact people’s lives is the force that inspires me to create.”

 

 

A bit more about me and my urge to create…

 

 Cassandra Gaisford is an award-winning artist, transpersonal art therapist, author, and Reiki master who infuses her work with positive energy and light. She believes in the healing power of creativity to transform people’s lives, making them feel refreshed, playful, inspired and joyful.

She was the supreme winner of the Wai Art Awards, and a finalist in the Adam’s Portrait award. Having participated in various overseas workshops including a Sumi–E ink painting workshop in Hawaii with ex-pat artist, Max Gimblett, her latest works embrace the simplicity of pleasure and personal experiences that create flow and incite joy.

 

“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, contentment, and peace.”

 

 

 

Awards and achievements

  • Supreme Winner Wai Art Awards May 2008 for “Love Stain” – a mixed media triptych
  • Finalist The Adam Portrait Award and Exhibition, Wellington Feb 2008
  • Amazon bestselling author, Art of Success: Leonardo da Vinci, The Healthy Artist, Mid-Life Career Rescue, How to Find Your Passion and Purpose and other works of fiction and non-fiction.

Exhibitions

  • Koast, 2018, 2019,
  • 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

 

Creative Education

  • University of Life
  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture -completed  2 years of a 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


Feedback about Cassandra’s works include:

Of the 12 judges, six 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 think I am becoming a lover of abstract expressionism. Started with Cassandra’s work!!!”

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

“The pieces inspired by such positive feelings.”

“Wow! So amazing to see your pieces in reality. They have so much life in them.”

“Your work has a magical, spiritual quality. I just love them. Really love them.”

 

 

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NEW WORKS

 

RECENT WORKS

 

 

Who doesn’t love flowers?

Beautiful photography blends with the timeless wisdom of 13th-century Persian poet, and mystic, Rumi, to inspire, delight, and heal.

Aesthetically, we know that flowers enrich our lives and symbolize our emotions, yet they also have the power to restore and replenish us on a mental, physical, and spiritual level.

Whether you’d love a gorgeous book to grace your coffee table or waiting room, a place to retreat to when you need a lift, or you’d love to purchase this book as a gift for someone you love, “Flower Power” will provide lasting benefits and a greater sense of appreciation for one of nature’s most stunning and diverse wonders.

In “Flower Power: How Extraordinary Beauty Can Change Your Life”, Amazon #1 bestselling author, of “Stress Less. Love Life More: How to Stop Worrying, Reduce Anxiety, Eliminate Negative Thinking and Find Happiness” and “Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy”, Cassandra Gaisford (BCA, Dip Psych) shares one of the simplest and most profound ways to boost happiness and joy.

Drawing upon her love of flowers and favorite inspirational words, personal photographs and professional success as an award-winning artist, and holistic therapist, discover how extraordinary beauty can change your life.

“Simply Stunning.”

“Exquisite.”
Available in hardcover here—http://www.blurb.com/b/9038272-flower-power

 

 

Orchid Dreams

At Cassandra Gallery Kerikeri

Beautifully vibrant and textually rich, abstract painting in colours designed to uplift and inspire.

Dimensions: 460mm(W) x 460mm (H) x 30mm(D)

Medium: mixed media – ink, pastel and acrylic oil on canvas

Note: signature, date and title information on back of painting

NZ$310.00

 

 

Blush

At Cassandra Gallery, Kerikeri

$330

 

Beautifully vibrant and textually rich, abstract painting in colours designed to uplift and inspire.

Dimensions: 460mm(W) x 660mm (H) x 30mm(D)

Medium: mixed media – ink, pastel and acrylic oil on canvas

Note: signature, date and title information on back of painting

NZ$310.00

 

 

Rangitane Sunrise

 

Cassandra Gallery, Kerikeri

Beautifully vibrant and textually rich, abstract painting in colours designed to uplift and inspire.

Dimensions: 250mm(W) x 250mm (H) x 30mm(D)

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Note: signature, date and title information on back of painting

NZ$160.00

 

Daffodils

 

 

Little Black Gallery, Kerikeri

Triptych

Mixed media

Oil, ink, and resin

NZD $330

 

BLOSSOM – SOLD

 

Grand Canal, Venice —SOLD

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves – SOLD

 

Blue Stripe – SOLD

 

 

FLOW – Sold

 

The Sun Also Rises – Sold

 

 

Little Black Gallery, Kerikeri

Watercolor

Signed and dated on the back

Professionally framed by Peter Sharp

290 w x 340 h

$295

 

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