KARYN HITCHMAN - Fine Art Prints
Karyn Hitchman, Painter in Oils & Children's Book Illustrator.
My current series "The Aristocrats" tells a story of our ancestors and the excesses of the time of Louis XVI in the 18th century. I love learning and reading about the history and stories of centuries past. I imagine my portraits hanging in your living rooms and hallways (or drawing rooms, ballrooms or libraries), displayed as if they are your own ancestors...a little bit of fantasy.
I paint on canvas in a classic realism style using oils. I love painting in oils, having the ability to work slowly and mix and blend colours, sometimes directly on the canvas.
I worked for many years in the fashion industry as a designer and pattern-maker, then for several years guiding tourists on the mountain and nature trails of New Zealand's South Island, I have been inspired by these as well as history and costume. Therefore, I love painting colour, texture, fabric, nature, and I love painting people. I am a self-taught artist and have taken private lessons with some of my much-admired fellow artists.
I am a kiwi, and after moving around New Zealand for a few years, my husband (who is English), and I have settled in Oamaru - an arty, historic town on the east coast of the South Island, NZ. My paintings are found in galleries and private collections in New Zealand and other countries around the world.