Description Ruakaka Beach, Bream Bay, Northland, New Zealand with Mount Manaia in the background.I was inspired by my studies of the local sand dunes to paint this larger image of Ruakaka Beach. The top of the dunes seemed to leave a space in the foreground of the composition which needed to be filled so I transplanted my 'After the Storm' canoe from previous works to complete the scene. The colourings of this work seem to leap back many months to my previous work with highly saturated colour schemes. After a long time concentrating on developing subtle harmonies in greys it's refreshing for me to do this again with my colours, although I've tempered the bold colours in the grasses and sky with larger areas of more neutral greys in the hope that the contrast between the two will enhance the pleasing qualities of both.
Richard Robinson, Ruakaka Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement Hi there, I'm is a professional artist living and working in Ruakaka. My award-winning landscape paintings grace private and corporate collections worldwide and are renowned for the light which is captured in them.
Having trained and worked as a graphic designer for several years, I took the leap as a full time artist in 2001 when I got married and travelled to Europe and held my first solo exhibition in London. After painting my way around Europe, my wife Helen and I returned to New Zealand and settled in Ruakaka.
My subsequent exhibition of Northland coastal scenes was a sellout success and I have built on that reputation of excellence over the past 6 years. In 2002 I won the Telecom Art Scholarship for Northland and later published a series of prints, a calendar, a set of placemats, postcards, have taken on a tutoring role and appeared numerous times in published media and television. I'm represented by seven galleries from Parua Bay down to Queenstown. In 2006 I was amongst 60 artists in the prestigious "New Zealand's Favorite Artists" book and in 2007 featured in the "12 Contemporary New Zealand Artists" Calendar.
I am doubly blessed to have a job which gives me so much satisfaction and at the same time gives others pleasure. That's why I enjoy painting commissions so much too, because these places hold so many precious memories for people.
Visit me in my Studio/Gallery in Ruakaka or see over 350 of my paintings online at www.newzealandartist.com and if you register for my email newsletter you go into the 3 monthly draw to win a painting.
You will also find my painting lessons available at: www.newzealandartist.com/lessons.htm