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Paul Bradford
Paul Bradford is a New Zealand painter living and working in Banks Peninsula and Wellington.
His works deal primarily with the New Zealand landscape and human interaction with it.
The current focus of his works are related to the Canterbury earthquake and the effect it has on its inhabitants. These works seek to challenge traditional views of the landscape and bring awareness to the new, changing relationship created by the earthquake. Paul works mainly in acrylics.

Steve Lowndes
Drawing and painting have been a constant thread in Steves life. Drawing began at Saturday morning art classes at the age of sixteen, working from plaster casts of classical Greek sculpture. Then four years of art school, majoring in visual communication. After that came a spell of teaching art, more study and, at every opportunity, practising. There has always been a compunction to paint, to use that particular medium to express ideas.
Siene de Vries
Siene de Vries was born in the Netherlands. He studied at the academy of fine arts "Academy Minerva" in Groningen where he graduated in 1981. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the Netherlands, other European countries and New Zealand. Since 1988 he has been a resident in New Zealand.
Siene makes sculptures in bronze and paints mainly in oils. Over the years his work has been largely figurative and he has explored a variety of subject matter. His sculpture tends toward the gestural, where evidence of the modelling process remains in the cast bronze. Lately his works have dealt with themes relating to the human condition in a socio-political context His work is in collections in various countries around the world.

Saskia van Voorn
Saskia van Voorn was born in the Netherlands and studied fine arts at the “Minerva Academie of Fine Arts” in Groningen. She graduated in 1981 in painting and printmaking. It was during her years at art school that she met Siene de Vries, a fellow student, who was to become her husband. After a successful early arts career she and her family immigrated to New Zealand in 1988. They now have their home and studios at Le Bons Bay on Banks Peninsula.
Sarah Rutland
Breaking a piece of treasured china can break a heart, digging up old broken crockery in a garden or at an old homestead site can have one pondering times and lives long past.  Even strolling along a pebbly beach and finding sea glass or wave-worn pieces of porcelein provide materials and inspiration for Sarah Rutland.  Sarah delights in honouring the beauty of broken treasures by re-working them into mosaic creations like mirrors, crosses, table-tops and bells incorporating other found objects such as old jewellery and chandelier crystals.
Raquel Smith
Raquel is a local photographer who has captured dozens of weddings on Banks Peninsula and beyond. Her background in fine art photography provides clients with not only a record of their special day, but outstanding images which include the beauty of Banks Peninsula. Raquel offers a friendly service with individually tailored packages and can be contacted on 021 228 2442. Photography packages are also available for special occasions & business photography images.
Nancy Tichborne
Nancy is a New Zealand watercolour artist with an international following. She received a scholarship to train at the St Martin's School of Art in London and has lived and worked in Great Britain and Hong Kong. Back in New Zealand she spent several happy years working as a landscape designer. Currently Nancy lives on a four hectare rural property in French Farm Valley, where she and her husband Bryan have a large garden.

Katrina Perano
Katrina Perano has been a working artist for some years from her Little River studio on Banks Peninsula. Creating prints, paintings and life drawings, as well as tutoring in print and life drawing. She has a degree with honours in fine arts. And is now a ‘Recycled” High school art teacher. Katrina is passionate about all things art and New Zealand.

Dave Walker
Dave Walker began a career in claywork during the early 80s working at Ruby Bay Pottery in the Nelson region. This involved full training in the production of domestic stoneware & selling to customers through the studio & craft galleries. Self employment began in 1986 after a move from Nelson to Akaroa where he established Nettle Creek Pottery as a studio & retail outlet.