Cassandra’s Gallery



(only 12 minutes from Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand)

“A fine work of art—music, dance, painting, story—has the power to silence the chatter and lift us to another world.” ~ Robert McKee

Painting, writing and creating, is an opiate for me. Even when I feel sad, when I create, I feel transported to a happier realm. My wish is that people who hang my paintings in their home, bach, business, or office will feel happy too.

I was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand—once voted ‘the coolest little capital in the world’. In 2015 my partner and I left the ‘big smoke’ in favour of a 10-acre lifestyle property, overlooking the sea in the beautiful Bay of Islands. It is this sublime setting that inspires my creativity. In 2021 New Zealand House and Garden profiled our move, our house and my art. You can view the article here>>

My artistic influences include the master colourists Pierre Bonnard, Max Gimblett, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko and more recently, Brian Rutenberg. I once had a business, The Colour Girl—inspired by the desire to bring more colourful joy into a world that seemed enamoured with black.

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. I am an award-winning artist, transpersonal art therapist, author, and Reiki master. I infuse my work with positive energy and light.

I 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, my 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.

Feedback from collectors

“Your work speaks to my soul in a major way,” Lisa, Dallas Texas

“The pieces inspire 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.”

Commissions are welcome – especially for large scale work. I love BIG!

“EXCITING” Series (2021)


“I want my paintings to take me to a place I’ve never been”
~ Emily Mason

2021 New work
30 inch x 30 inch x 1.5 inch deep
(70cm x 70 cm x 4 cm deep)
Acrylic on canvas

Inspired by the different frequencies our brain transmits as we experience a myriad of emotions… a landscape of the mind



“Waves whisper to the solid coast: “All will be made whole.” 

~Pablo Neruda

I hope you enjoy this beautiful abstract which was inspired by the beauty of New Zealand and the view from the studio—real and imagined.

Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

17 inch x 17 inch mm x 1 inch

(H 45cm x L 45cm inch x D 4cm)


Return to Love

“Give me the sorrows of the world. I will transform it into hope”

-Pablo Neruda

I hope you enjoy this beautiful abstract which was inspired by the nature calming beauty of New Zealand and the view from the studio—real and imagined.

Mixed Media Acrylic, oil crayon, graphite on canvas

H 45cm x L 45cm inch x D 4cm

17 inch x 17 inch mm x 1 inch


Here Comes The Sun

“I found you after the storm, the rain washed the air and in the water your sweet feet gleamed like fishes.” – Pablo Neruda

Acrylic on canvas

51cm x 40 cm x 4 cm deep


Age of Aquarius 1 & 2  (Diptych)

“Painting is an act of surrender the strongest paintings are those which escape the intentions of the artist and allow the viewer to grow more powerful.” ~ Brian Rutenberg

Each 20 x 24 inch 16mm deep on canvas. $825 each until Jan 6 or $925 each in 2021. Can be purchased separately

Acrylic on canvas

Think Pink 1 & 2 (Diptych)

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Each 20 x 24 inch 16mm deep on canvas. $825 each until Jan 6 or $925 each in 2021. Can be purchased separately

Acrylic on canvas


After a few days of rest following the delivery of my work to a group show at a local Bay of Islands gallery, in Kerikeri, The Beauty of Resilience, I embarked on a new series, “New Beginnings”.
Inspired by Spring here in NZ, it’s the season to throw caution to the wind and experiment with pops of vibrant colour and abstract expressionism. Drawing inspiration from my long time favourites, Pierre Bonnard, Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler– it’s time to flow with grace, experiment and to have some fun.
Gone are the pale, restful shades of my Soften series, “new beginnings” ups the ante with pops of spontaneous painterly colours to brighten and beautify.
Spoiled for choice when it comes to the hues we can play with, “new beginnings” is inspired by nature and fresh spring growth. Think lime greens, jubilant jungle joy, yummy yellow freesias, carousing coral-reds, and more.
The response has been brilliant—reminding me of the early excitement when I first shared my idea to create a Passion Pack—the forerunner to my bestselling book, How to Find Your Passion and Purpose.
“Such happy work.”
“Lovely colours and painterliness. Nice melding of the realistic and abstract, too. These are spirit lifters!”
“I’m loving your new work.”
I think you are going to love my new series. If you pop along and follow my Instagram page you will see the work as it evolves. 
 If you’ve read my book, The Art of Success: Leonardo Da Vinci, or Coco Chanel, you’ll know that artists can teach all of us, no matter what your career trajectory so much about passion, perseverance and grit

Ode to Georgia O’Keeffe

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

~ Georgia O’Keeffe

I hope you enjoy this beautiful orchid which is sitting in my studio and inspired this painting

Acrylic on Canvas

H 18.11 x L 13.7 inch x  W 1.57

350mm x 460mm 40mm


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“I want to capture a moment of beauty” ~Dries Van Noten

Painted in the colour-soak style, inspired by Helen Frankenthaler and Mark Rothko, in a fluid moment I brought into being all that delights me: spontaneity, beauty, colour, joy, creativity, spirituality—and more!

Acrylic on canvas

1020 mm 1020 mm

New Leaf

The inspiration came as the world contracted after the lockdowns of Covid-19. It represents the hope and desire for expansion, freedom and new life—a new leaf in an evolving story. Uplifting tones of daffodil yellow and lime greens are employed to encourage, soothe and delight.  Playful, spontaneous and gestural strokes imbue this painting with new life.

901mm x 901 mm

35.51-inch x 35.51-inch

Acrylic on canvas

$1200 USD

Sunday Surprise

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo

This painting was inspired by the fragrant roses given as a ‘surprise’ gift, and the colour palette of my local, and favourite, spa—Pure Day Spa. I loved painting with a deeper palette than I normally would, especially purple-greys.

Be pampered, soothed and delighted with seductive, sensuous pinks.

Playful, happy and spontaneous gestural strokes imbue this painting with joy.

Acrylic on canvas

910mm x 910mm

35.51-inch x 35.51-inch

Acrylic on canvas

$1200 USD

Love Story

This painting was inspired by a previous commission. The short brief was compelling…”I would love to commission you to conjure up an exquisite piece of art…Love all the vibrant memories my special lady brings. Love, sea, sand, salt and pohutukawas.”

People often ask where do I grab my inspiration from. In this case, it was the beautiful image of the abstract pattern on the dress of the gentleman’s beloved wife. She passed several years ago from cancer. This painting was such a joy to paint as I know the healing power art can bring, a loving hug during times of sadness and a big vibrant reminder of love which endures.

901mm x 901 mm

35.5 inch x 35.5 inch

Acrylic on canvas

$1200 USD

I Promise

“In a world where vows are worthless. Where making a pledge means nothing. Where promises are made to be broken, it would be nice to see words come back into power.”
Chuck Palahniuk

How many times have you heard the words, ‘I promise to love and to hold?” This beautifully rich painting is a promise keeper. Inspired by CY Twombly’s use of poetry and words scrawled with passion in his abstract paintings. The style is playful, intuitive and heart-felt. I hope this painting uplifts, renews and inspires.

My desire was to imbue the painting with the reminder that we must love each other, and ourselves, in sickness and in health….the old vows seem forgotten…but then sometimes we must also make a leap for freedom.

“A beautiful, impactful piece. Well done.”

“Profound…and beautifully depicted. Love the pallet as well.”

901mm x 901 mm

35.5118-inch x 35.5118 inch

Acrylic on Canvas

$1200 USD

DM if you’d like me to customise a painting and  palette for your home, business or office, or commission one as a gift or to suit your space xxx

Here’s a sneak peek at Tranquillity, on the easel—DM if you would love this piece of heart to be yours. Currently on show at the fab Pure Day Spa, in the Bay of Islands. I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place to view art—and be pampered. Two of my passions!


I was blessed to have been part of a group show in September 2020 at a local Bay of Islands gallery, in Kerikeri, The Little Black Gallery. The gallery owner, Anna, rang me to see if I could assist by creating works to exhibit for a show called The Beauty of Resilience.

The exhibition’s name is a reference to the importance of beauty and art in these chaotic times and how needful it is for our resilience to have beauty around us.

You know this, right!

Comments from people who have seen my artworks “Your work speaks to my soul in a major way,”  mean the world to me. They speak to my heart. As does “Your art is so healing. I saw the flyer and just had to come and see the paintings in person.

Many of my works from the Soften Series were created for this exhibition, including one of my larger works, Te Ataroa (The Long Morning).  The Beauty of Resilience Group Exhibition @littleblackgallery ran until mid-October 2020. I showed alongside the incredibly talented Jody Hope Gibbons, Louisa Millet, Wendy Galbraith, Catherine Dunn, and Parisian woodturner Guy Du Toit.


Paintings in the Soften series offer an antidote to life’s harsh edges. Created with passion and infused with love the palette embodies pinks, lavenders, ethereal warm whites and sunny yellows. It’s the gentle blush of a fragrant rose in bloom. The unfolding of a magnolia dripping with rain in winter. The scent of a fragrant orchid prolifically flowering in damp conditions. It’s the smile of a baby blowing a kiss.

Created as the world was reeling from Covid-19 the Soften collection embraces GO-LOV 20, the antidote to fear offered by Neuroscientist Dr Joe Dispenza. As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Without love, what is there?

Layered in soft, sultry glazes Soften speaks to the heart.

The Awakening Dawn* 

“You are indeed the colours of the awakening dawn, the movement of the branches in the brush, the drops of dew upon the window sill, and the morning bird’s sweet and mellow song of joy.” ~ Ramtha

Encaustic, oil crayon, pastel, mixed media on board

400 mm x 400mm

$360 USD

Resilience Rising 

“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”
― Shane Koyczan

Resilience Rising

New beeswax landscape inspired by the natural beauty of The Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Mixed media
Encaustic, NZ beeswax, pure pigment, oil, crayon on board

250 mm x 600 mm


NZ beeswax, pure pigment, oil on board.

400mm x 400mm

“From Here to Eternity”

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment,” ~ Thoreau

soft and silent and steadfast like an Italian fresco

900 mm x 1200 mm, Acrylic on panel

contemporary float mounted in Ash by Peter Sharp


“Deeply delicate, boundless beauty,”

~ Maxwell R.

$2600 USD

“Silver Linings”

“No matter how many grey clouds descend upon us, art offers hope, healing, happiness… refuge during the storms and gales of life.” ~ Cassandra Anne Rose.
Do you agree?
1215 mm x 600 mm
Mixed media, Acrylic, oil crayon, pewter on canvas
$1500 USD


“The future is fluid,” Dr. Mark Epstein

A beautifully large painting inspired by New Zealand’s beautiful Far North landscape and the joy of colour field painting.

1200 mm x 900mm

Acrylic on panel

contemporary float mounted in Ash by Peter Sharp (not shown in image)

$3600 USD

Smell The Roses

“Where there are no thorns there are no roses.”
~ Matshona Dhliwayo

$1160 USD

760mm x 1110mm

Acrylic on canvas

Te Ataroa (The Long Morning)

Named after the beautiful baby born three months ago to a very proud young couple. They had lost a little girl earlier who passed before she could be held in their arms. Te Ataroa is an added blessing. Translated her name means “the long morning”. Spring is nearly here in the Bay of Islands and the mornings are getting longer and they are nearly as beautiful as that wee baby

1200 mm x 900mm

Acrylic on panel

“Serene and beautiful and makes me feel like I’m in a spring garden. Love it!” ~ Jo

contemporary float mount in Ash by Peter Sharp (not shown in image)

Dance With Life

“There’s no brilliance like beauty out there
No knowledge as wise as the heart
We all need reason to care
I need to dance with life
Sweep you away into the night
When there is no one else around
I will make every day count
We need to dance with life
Swim in the soul of your eyes
’til we melt into the night
We need to dance with life
And we leave a brilliant light behind.”
~ Bryan Ferry

Encaustic, oil crayon, pastel, mixed media on board

250 mm x 600 mm

$360 USD

Large Commissions welcome


“Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved. It finds its deepest meaning in his spiritual being, his inner self. Whether or not he is actually present, whether or not he is still alive at all, ceases somehow to be of importance.”
Viktor E. Frankl

I am absolutely loving the divine simplicity of my new work, “transcendence”

Thank you, Agnes Martin, for inspiring me

Acrylic on canvas

600 x 600 mm

Colours are dreamy- like a french sunset 💓


“We offer a world obsessed with velocity the gift of slow seeing and slow thinking, perhaps the most sublime gift one human being can offer another. We are dreamers. Our job is to glow in the dark, and the world needs more people who glow.” ~ Brian Rutenberg.

True love is complicated, multi-textured, layered. So it seems appropriate that my current work in progress is taking on multiple dimensions. I never know where or how the painting is going to end, I just work intuitively and try to put my feelings on the canvas. The definition of abstraction, I’ve come to learn, means to take away.

If I’m to label myself it is as an abstract expressionist – expressing often feelings I wish to take away, or rather transcend, like sadness or grief or overwhelm. Replacing them instead with beauty, compassion and transcendence.

I hope that people who look at my works will feel the same sense of beauty that I have infused into them as they were created.

Acrylic on canvas

600mm x 600mm

$660 USD

“Definitely beautiful. Very soft and gorgeous,” ~ J Woods.

Flow Gracefully

“Grace will take you places hustling can’t.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Reminiscent of Monet’s water lily series, transcendent glazes of ethereal whites, rose quartz and Lemurian blues spark peace, contentment and joy.

1200 mm x 900mm

$3500 USD

Acrylic on panel


“Be soft, do not let the world make you hard,” Kurt Vonnegut

New Zealand beeswax 🐝 fire, oil crayon, and molten alchemy

artboard 600mm x 400mm

Handcrafted in New Zealand

“Wow! it is so dreamy and lovely.” — Theresa Stirling

She Smiled Softly, 2020

“I have witnessed the softening of the hardest hearts by a simple smile,” Goldie Hawn


Crayon, lead pencil, watercolour, acrylic on canvas

W 1420 mm x H 560 mm

$1350 USD

Your Love Is My Love

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” Rumi

New work in progress from the “soften” series “ ‘Your love is my love’. 💗 inspired by Turner’s landscapes

Awash with the warm shimmer of romantic rouges, sandy ochres and dazzles of misty light on water.

Encaustic, NZ beeswax, crayon, gold leaf on board

400x 400mm

“Absolutely stunning—you are unbelievably talents!!! My oh my!”

~ Theresa Stirling

“Open into gratitude and you soften into joy,”


In a world that seems increasing polarised “Shades of Grey” offers an antidote to life’s linear black and white thinking.  Seek sanctuary. Retreat to a place where neutrals take centrestage to create a feeling of peace, calm and tranquillity.

Drawing inspiration from the natural environment, grey offers an abundance to nurture, soothe and delight. Soft sandstones, sultry skies, smoky fires, and the silvery greys of a glistening winter sunrise…let the decorating staple of monochrome’s signature palette envelop you and your interior in layers of unpretentious beauty, minimalism and softness.


Acrylic, oil crayon and mixed media.
760 h x 1200 w


“I never really separated painting and literature” ~ Cy Twombly

Mixed media, oil crayon, acrylic, passion

Canvas 760mm x 1200mm

Handcrafted in New Zealand

Let Go⠀

“Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story” ~ Cy Twombly

Mixed media, oil crayon, acrylic, passion

Canvas 760mm x 1200mm

Handcrafted in New Zealand


“If you have a sense of limits then you are free to break out of them.”  ~ Helen Frankenthaler

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

Dimensions: 1210mm(W) x 610mm (H) x 40mm(D)

Medium: mixed media – ink and acrylic oil on canvas

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


“I just stumbled across your video. Your creative process is very inspiring! Your painting “Infinity” is fabulous!!! It evokes a lot of energy, emotion and spirituality speaks through this piece fluently. Thanks so much for sharing. Love and light.”

~ comment made on my YouTube channel


Gesso, acrylic and vinyl polymers, epoxy, aqua size, Japanese pink coloured pigment, epoxy resin on board



Love Language

“Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body” l Kenn Butler l

Mixed media, molten New Zealand beeswax, encaustic, oil crayon, passion

Pro-panel artboard 400mm x12mm

Handcrafted in New Zealand
This beautiful piece can be yours now… message me:)

Peace, love, joy

Custom beeswax art- made with molten beeswax applied on canvas board, fused with sultry flame, finished with love. Art that smells divine and soothes the soul

Wisdom of the golden snake

Another new work. Feeling inspired during COVID-19
beeswax and fire. Custom-made on hardboard

Colour field painting in my studio and outside

Available now. Shipping worldwide


Orange Bird 11

“The painting can take over. Marvellous accidents can happen.” | Piera McArthur |

Orange bird 11

new watercolour, now available. 🔥

I love the spirit and energy of this piece. Infused with many happy memories🔥

Commissions welcome

Heavenly sleep

watercolour on paper

May your nights be peaceful

“Thank you for sharing your magnificent Dreamtime series. Wishing you lots of inspiration for further artworks!”

Sunny, Assistant Manager Fafa Island Resort, Tonga

Love is a Superpower

‘Water is the driving force of all nature.’   | Leonardo da Vinci |

new watercolour,, now available. 🔥

Big love!🔥

“Just beautiful.”

Julia, Resort Manager, Fafa Island, Tonga.

The Energies of Love

new watercolour, now available.


‘The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.’ | Leonardo da Vinci |

new watercolour, now available. 🔥

in my heart forever. 🔥

“It’s very transcendent… it reminds me of Monet’s waterlilies. There’s so much light coming through.”
~ Peter Sharp


Gone to happy homes

Bay of Islands

Mixed Media on canvas (Diptych)

Marsden Cross (sold)

Blue Light (sold)

Mixed media

To purchase and have shipped anywhere in the world, email Cassandra@cassandragaisford.com

Commissions welcome

Discover more about the philosophical and spiritual beliefs that guide my work >>https://www.cassandragaisford.com/bio-cassandra-the-artist/

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* I have used a mockup tool to show how beautiful the paintings would look in your home or office. Sizes may vary and can be customised to suit your wishes.

Some of my many creative inspirations

This video is about the varied sources that inspires my creativity. 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, peace and contentment. Discover more here:https://www.cassandragaisford.com

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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