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“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 or office will feel happy too.

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 and Reiki master who infuses my work with positive energy and light. I believe in the healing power of creativity to transform people’s lives, making them feel refreshed, playful, inspired and joyful.

I was a finalist in the Adam’s Portrait award and the supreme winner of the Wai Art Awards. 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 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, peace and contentment.”

 

Feedback from collectors

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

“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.”

 

 

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

THE BEAUTY OF RESILIENCE GROUP EXHIBITION

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 showedalongside the incredibly talented Jody Hope Gibbons, Louisa Millet, Wendy Galbraith, Catherine Dunn, and Parisian woodturner Guy Du Toit.

THE “SOFTEN” SERIES

 

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

 

LOVIN’ THE LIGHT

NZ beeswax, pure pigment, oil on board.

400mm x 400mm

 

 

“From Here to Serenity”

 

“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

 

Lovemarks

“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

 

 

 

 

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 mounted 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

 

 

Transcendence

 

“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 💓

 

 

 

TRUE LOVE

“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

$960 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


 

Dreamy

“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

Diptych

Crayon, lead pencil, watercolour, acrylic on canvas

W 1420 mm x H 560 mm

$3600 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,”

 

NEW WORKS FROM THE “NEW BEGINNINGS” SERIES (SEPT 2020)

Dear friends,
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’m embarking 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.
Bold and beautiful – it’s time to have some fun.
Gone are the pale, restful shades of my Soften series, “new beginnings” ups the ante with pops of painterly colours to brighten and beautify.
Spoiled for choice when it comes to the colours we can play with, “new beginnings” is inspired by fresh spring blooms. Think lime and new growth greens, fragrant yellow freesias,  flaming 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, “New Beginnings,” painted as Cassandra Anne Rose. If you pop along and follow my Instagram page you will see the work as it evolves. (see @cassandraAnnerose). Below is draft 3 of two new large scale work, Power Flower and Good Morning Gorgeous. 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
Here’s a sneak peek at the Power Flower, on the easel—work in progress

 

“OMG…I love it! So uplifting,” ~ Tania, designer

 

And…Good Morning Gorgeous

 

 

1080mm x 1080 mm on board

These are works in progress. DM if you’d like me to customise the palette for your home or office, or commission one to suit your space xxx

 

 

SHADES OF GREY SERIES

 

Scribe

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

 

Scribble⠀

“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

ALCHEMY SERIES

 

 

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

 

 

 

DREAMTIME SERIES

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Waterflowers

‘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

 

 

Infinity

‘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

 

$1750.00

 

“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

 

SOLD

 

Gone to happy homes

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.

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