Description Pataua in Northland, New Zealand is a very special place. If you've been there you know what I mean. There's something about the landscape there. Maybe it's the contrast between the serene estuary and the roaring surf beach, or its small community divided by the estuary, tenuously united by its wooden footbridge. Whatever it is, I always feel like I've arrived somewhere unique and special when I drive down out of the bush into Pataua.
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