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n collecting illustrations for the HMS
Week article, we read that marine artist Paul Deacon would
be exhibiting paintings of the HMS
and Captain Cook’s
ship, the HMS
at the Mercury Bay Museum. One look
at his Facebook page and website, and we were enthralled with
the drama of several paintings we viewed – the HMS
breaking up, in full sail and in the misty morning glow being met
by Maori waka.
Paul shared he had over a dozen more
works to display over the Homecoming
Week (see page 8), and he’s already
installed many of them. We met with him to
choose and photograph some of these new
paintings and couldn’t resist using one for
the cover. It was difficult to select between
the stunning lifelike paintings, but we are
thrilled to showcase one of Paul’s favourites,
Along the Coast, All Sail Set
Being a seaman for many years, Paul is able to capture the
essence and varying moods of both the ocean and sky. His
paintings take you there, on the deck bracing yourself against
the salt spray and stiff breezes, feeling the burn of the ropes
against your hands.
We were therefore surprised to learn that painting is not Paul’s
actual occupation. He has engaged in full time youth work for
the last 20 years, currently working for Barnardos NZ alongside
young people requiring extra support in the community.
Paul loves to mentor with art as well. “I’ve tutored art retreats
and gain such satisfaction from
sharing my skills and knowledge of
marine life with budding artists.” He
holds art workshops at his studio
in Cockle Bay.” (See details of his
Whitianga painting workshop during
Homecoming, 27–28 July, on page 8.
Paul’s paintings have been featured
in magazines and books and he’s had
several solo and joint shows in NZ.
He is a member of both the Australian
Society of Marine Artists & New
Zealand Academy of Arts.
Alan Duff uses drones to
capture dramatic images
of houses and rental units
for the real estate market.
We gave him a variety
of assignments: scenic,
aerial, architecture, flat
art, and people. Watch
our next issue for even
more of Alan’s photos!
Cheers to other
artists and photographers
Shown is Alan’s recent photograph of the WWI
Memorial on the hill at the north end of Thames.
Above right, Alan catches artist Paul Deacon
installing a painting at the Mercury Bay Museum.
Our Cover Artist
Marine Artist, ASMA, NZAFA
Our cover features the painting
Along the Coast, All Sail Set.
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