Arlen Feldwick-Jones, Davis, CA Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement Self taught, my art has emerged from an inner place that allows me to express myself freely. At heart, I am a painter, but I find photography a quick fix for my drive for artistic creativity. It’s all about making art really.
My art is also a reflection of who I am and where I’ve come from. I am a native New Zealander with Ngai Tahu roots (a Maori tribe from the South Island of New Zealand). The land is very important to me and I am truly happiest and at peace when I am in Nature. My New Zealand background infuses my art in the deepest way as the people, colors, sights, and sounds of my country are a part of my very soul.
I am also an American transplant as I have lived in the United States since 1990. I have resided on the East coast in New York, the Midwest in Nebraska and in Arizona in the Southwest. I now live in Northern California which, happily, reminds me of New Zealand with its farmland, rolling hills and glorious Pacific coast. Standing on the cliffs overlooking the wide ocean I like to think I am connected to where I came from. The Pacific is vast but it is still the same sea that washes up on the coast of my homeland.
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