I am not well practised at writing and at times I struggle to string words together to keep anyone interested for more than a minute. You will find my blogs will be straight talk and without the fluff. Still with me? Here goes...
I have always had a passion for home interiors and creative painting. In 2008 I completed an interior decor course. While passing with excellence I decided that it wasn't for me. Recession hit and I needed a job BAD. Lucked myself into a photography job for the local daily paper (The Press) which lasted three years until I moved to Auckland. After some "Tina time" I enrolled in art classes and thoroughly enjoyed the freedom, creativity and rule-breaking of it all. Most of all, I became reinvigorated with my love of painting.
Not so long ago I had the pleasure of working in an Auckland art gallery that sold and rented artworks. There were 100 artists on the books, over five and a half years I got to know each and every one of them, their strengths, weaknesses and quirks.
I get a real kick out of art placement, in homes, and in businesses, finding the right art for the right spot. That certain piece that pulls everything together and creates harmony in a room. That is art at it's best!
I think the most important piece of advice I can give when purchasing art is to make sure you LOVE it, no matter the price. If it's not obvious straight away go and ponder, sleep on it, if you're still thinking about it the next morning then BUY it.
The hanging of that art piece is very important to me. I wouldn't say that there is a "set science" to this but more of a "gut feel". I will talk about this in a later blog of 'Tina Talk'.
I hope that my musings don't bore the socks off you. They reflect my learnings over the past years and I am happy to share these with you.