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MEDIUMS: Acrylic | Oil | Watercolor
SPECIALTY: ✔ Generalist
I follow in my much-loved grandmother’s footsteps, Myrtle McDonald, a well-known watercolour artist in Wellington, NZ. Her walls were covered floor to ceiling with paintings and the dining table was buried under paper and art supplies – such a magical place to encourage creative imagination from early childhood.
While studying architecture and design in my late 20s, I began painting watercolours to earn a few extra dollars, never imagining this instead would one day turn into a much-loved career, including commercial illustration and teaching art to adults.
I’m a landscape painter first and foremost, but also love architecture, and our NZ birds, working in both oils and watercolours.
I’ve had numerous solo exhibitions at venues such as the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, and Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, as well as exhibiting in galleries and group shows throughout New Zealand during the past 30 years. My paintings have made it to many places here and across the world, and I’m so grateful for the commissions that have made up a large part of my work since I started painting.
Teaching has been a joy, and given back in so many ways, including the improvement of my own skills as I share the knowledge I’ve accumulated over many years of art practice.
I live in rural Wairarapa on the banks of the Ruamahanga River, with the Tararua Ranges in the distance, and have always thought how lucky I am to live in the landscape I enjoy painting so much, observing the changing light throughout the day, and through the seasons.
Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.
Specialty: ✔ Generalist
Color and Composition
Teaching How To Self Critique
Providing Art Critiques
Shows & Exhibits
Marketing & Branding
Running Your Art Business – the Day to Day
“Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.” ~ Deb, Emerging Artist
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Next session: December 05, 2023
On the 1st Tuesday of every month 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST Tue
2017 – 2023 Studio & Exhibiting Artist, ConArt Gallery & Studios Inc. 2010 – 2023 Art Tutor – private adult education workshops & night classes 1993 – 2022 Commercial Greeting Card Designer 2020 Kotahitanga Group Exhibition, Aratoi, Wairarapa Art & History Museum 2016 – 2021 Chair, ConArt Gallery & Studios Inc. 2016 Founder – ConArt Gallery & Studios Inc. Wairarapa Artist Collective 2016 – 2018 President, Masterton Art Club 2016 Invited exhibitor Aratoi Foundation Art Auction 2016 Group exhibition, Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre 2016 Group exhibition, Alfred Memelink Artspace, Petone 2015 Aspiring Art Awards, Wanaka 2015 Waitakere Art Awards 2015 Invited artist, Christchurch Art Show 2015 Group exhibition, Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre 2014 Invited artist, Braveheart Youth Trust exhibition, Auckland 2014 Group exhibition, Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre 2013 Group exhibition, Lennox Design Studio & Gallery, Masterton 2013 Finalist in the International Artist magazine Landscape competition 2013 Selected for Single Artist Wall, NZ Art Show 2012 Completed Grad Diploma in Teaching (Secondary School Art & Art History) 2011 Invited artist, Tim Wilson Gallery, Queenstown 2010 Selected for Single Artist Wall, NZ Art Show 2010 Solo Exhibition, Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History 2010 Exhibitor in ‘Going Solo 29’, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts 2010 Art tutor, Wai Art Summer School
2009 Selected for Single Artist Wall, NZ Art Show
2009 Selected exhibitor with Wairarapa Review
2009 Art tutor, Makoura College Adult Education
2009 Wai Art Awards, Wairarapa
2009 Art tutor at King Street Artworks
2008 – 2009 Art tutor at Wai Art
2008 Wai Art Awards, Wairarapa — Third Place and People’s Choice Award
2007 Selected exhibitor with Wairarapa Review
2007 Exhibitor in ‘Going Solo 24’, NZ Academy of Fine Arts
2007 Friends of Aratoi, Easter Exhibition, Wairarapa
2006 Solo Exhibition, Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
2006 Friends of Aratoi, Easter Exhibition, Wairarapa
2005 Selected Exhibitor with Wairarapa Review
2005 Solo Exhibition at Prime Community Art Gallery, Masterton
2003 Selected Exhibitor with Wairarapa Review
1999 – 2005 Art tutor at Wairarapa College Adult Education
1997 – 1998 Art tutor at UCOL Adult Education
1995 Exhibitor in ‘Going Solo 5’, NZ Academy of Fine Arts
1992 – 1995 Art tutor at Inverlochy Art School, Wellington
1991 – 2010 Exhibited at NZ Academy of Fine Arts
1990 Completed B.Architecture at Auckland University
1982 Completed B.Arts (Geography) at Victoria University
1962 Born in Wellington, New Zealand