Thanks to her father spying an Art Metro advert in the paper, Chelsea Burnside, a 24-year-old office administrator, rediscovered her love for art.
“I studied art throughout high school, but lost touch with it for around four years after leaving. My family have always encouraged me to get back into it, so I joined at the beginning of the next available term.” Chelsea says that pencil drawing and acrylic painting are her preferred mediums, but she will give anything a go, which is also her approach to painting styles. Currently, she’s exploring the abstract form, but also enjoys the challenge of realism painting. “I spent a year dedicated to one painting of a tiger!”
Chelsea loves the atmosphere in her evening class. “They’re a great bunch of people; we always encourage each other. It’s fun and relaxed, even when everyone’s focused. There’s music playing, people chat and chill out. It’s great to come to class after work and just unwind.”
Chelsea says her tutor, Leanne Addison, has been a great inspiration and support in helping her to overcome her lack of confidence with her work. “Leanne’s guidance has helped me create some great pieces. Whatever subject matter I choose, she helps me achieve what I hope for it.”
Though not ruling out commission painting at some point in the future, for now, Chelsea’s happy place is at Art Metro, creating beautiful works in a beautiful space.
For more information visit 465 Papanui Road, phone 03 354 4438 or visit www.artmetro.co.nz.