Located in New Zealand, the stunning coastal Hibiscus Coast is home to Dickie Artist, an artist with a unique style, Dickie artist uses pen, ink and watercolour to depict natural objects. Dickie’s recent art has focused on the unusual combination of Octopus and Birds.
Dickie was kind enough to answer a few questions about her life and art when we caught up with her recently:
Dickie Artist is a contemporary New Zealand artist who works freehand with pen, ink, and watercolour.
How did your artwork start out?
I am one of nine siblings. Most of my family are creative in one way or another. I remember my mum drawing when I was growing up, there was always music playing, and we used to travel a lot. I guess I just always drew what I saw, it has always been a way for me to express myself.
What is your background?
I studied at The London College of Art, St. Martins and then went to university, where I got my 'ba hon's' in fine art. I
Did you always want to be an artist?
I think creativity was always a natural part of my life. We were always encouraged by our parents to think creatively and creating art was always celebrated. So yes, I think I always knew art was an important part of my life and something I would always do.
How have you developed your career?
After University, I
Who are your biggest influences?
I have been really lucky to spend a lot of time
What inspires you?
I am inspired by my love of the ocean and nature. I am lucky enough to spend a lot of time on the water and find daily inspiration there. Last year, I created a whole series of work inspired by lockdown. Also, instagram is incredible, inspiring and I love that I have become friends with some amazingly creative people through this platform, it is like
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What do you do when you’re not inspired to create art? What brings your mojo back?
What does your art aim to say to your audience?
I like to show the detail and uniqueness in everything. I hope it shows a freedom and exploration of our natural world. The beauty that surrounds us.
How do you get ideas for each piece of art?
My ideas come from the places I visit whether that be the beach or a trip to the zoo, the museum or a trip to an island, or as with lockdown and experience, we are going through.
I always start by drawing in my sketchbook and I have filled many sketchbooks over the years. Some of these drawings stay as sketchbook pieces and some become larger, more finished works.
How has your art evolved over the years?
I used to draw a lot of portraits of the people I knew, now I hardly ever draw a portrait. I have moved from large paintings to smaller, more intimate works, they are more detailed and are now often of nature, birds and of course, the odd octopus!
I use my own photos and have been recently teaching myself how to take better photos!
Recently I have been using pen and I think I am becoming known for my detailed drawing style. I like to show detail in my line work.
How has everyday life impacted your art?
What media do you use with your artwork?
The most important artist tools for me is a 2B pencil and a sketchbook - I would be a bit lost without a sketchbook.
What is your
subject matter to draw, and why? favourite
I’m not sure why I have an octopus obsession - I think they must be my spirit animal—I even have one tattooed on my arm. I have always loved them.
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Where do you have artwork displayed?
Currently on my website, Instagram and Estuary Art Centre.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
I think for me, it's a way to be me and to be really present in that moment. When I’m drawing, I don’t think about anything else except that piece of work that doesn’t happen very often in today's busy world.
Tell us something interesting about
I read a lot, I’m a bit of an insomniac, so will often be up reading through the night drinking tea.
Do you have any advice for young or new artists?
Just keep creating. I think putting in the time is really important. Don’t get hung up on the likes—your audience will eventually find you and will naturally grow. Have fun, be yourself.
Dickie Artist showcase