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Embracing the Artistic Journey: Meet Trish Harding, the Contemporary Realism Artist Extraordinaire

Contemporary Realism Artist Trish Harding

Imagine a world where vibrant colours, intricate details, and captivating beauty come together on a canvas, bringing wildlife and native bird life to life in the most extraordinary way. Welcome to the artistic realm of Trish Harding, a contemporary realism artist based in the picturesque Waikato region of New Zealand. In our doodlewear Creative Chats, we had the privilege of delving into the creative mind of this talented artist and exploring her inspiring journey.

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Contemporary realism artist Trish Harding and her son are wearing her "What's Everyone Looking At?" long-sleeve tee and T-shirt, featuring her unique doodlewear artwork.

The Spark of Inspiration: Overcoming Challenges and Rediscovering Art 

Trish's artistic journey began as a means of healing and self-discovery. In 2016, she found herself facing the daunting battle of postnatal depression (PND). Seeking solace and guidance, she turned to a long-lost love—art. "After being diagnosed with PND, I was advised by doctors to start something that I had always wanted to do or had always enjoyed doing. Art had always been a passion, so it made sense to begin painting again. I picked up my brushes, and the rest is history," Trish shared.

Immersing herself in the vibrant world of art, Trish found solace in capturing the magnificence of wildlife, with a particular emphasis on the awe-inspiring native bird species of New Zealand. From the striking plumage of the Tūī to the elegant flight of the Kererū, Trish's artworks breathe life into the intricate details and unique characteristics of these creatures. Each stroke of her brush aims to celebrate the vibrant tapestry of nature, showcasing its beauty and character.


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The Road Less Traveled: Exploring Mediums and Nurturing Creativity

While acrylics on wood serve as Trish's primary medium, she continually seeks new avenues for artistic expression. Pastel pencils have become a recent passion, allowing her to delve into the realm of portraiture. Trish's love for movies and television manifests in her remarkable fan art, which captures the essence of beloved characters and transports viewers to fantastical worlds.


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A True Artist's Journey: Balancing Motherhood and Creativity

As a devoted mother of two, Trish cherishes the opportunity to nurture her children's creativity. In fact, her youngest dreams of following in her footsteps and becoming an artist. This shared love for art fuels Trish's determination to push the boundaries of her own talent and continue evolving on her artistic journey. "One of the best things about being an artist is being able to do what I love but also being readily available for my kids whenever they need me," Trish revealed.


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Embarking on the Creative Quest: Inspiration and Ideas Unleashed

The inspiration for each of Trish's masterpieces emerges from her deep-rooted connection with wildlife and her family's excursions into nature. Bushwalks, trips to zoos, and visits to animal parks provide Trish with a rich source of references. Through the lens of her camera, she captures mesmerising moments that later serve as the building blocks for her stunning artwork.

Trish's personal favourite among her creations is "Welcome Buddies" from her amazing Bloomin Buddies series, which you can find in her captivating doodlewear collaboration collection. "I love this piece because it shows the innocence and gentleness of these animals," Trish shared.


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Contemporary realism artist Trish Harding and her daughter are wearing her "Welcome Buddies" T-shirt and sweatshirt, showcasing her unique doodlewear artwork.


An Artistic Voyage Beyond the Horizon: Professional Goals and Inspirations

When asked about her professional aspirations, Trish's dedication to her craft shone through. She expressed her desire to continue honing her skills, pushing the boundaries of contemporary realism, and exploring new techniques. For Trish, growth is an essential part of the artistic process, and she embraces every opportunity to learn and evolve as an artist.


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Beyond the Canvas: The Beauty of Life and Nature

Trish's creative spirit extends beyond the realms of art. In her free time, she nourishes her body and mind through regular workouts at the gym, keeping herself fit and healthy. She also cherishes moments spent with her family, embracing the beauty of nature through family walks. And, like any art enthusiast, Trish dreams of travelling the world and immersing herself in the captivating works of renowned artists. It is on her bucket list to "Travel the world and see as much art as possible." Trish believes that the world is full of beautiful art and photos on the internet do not do it justice!


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Contemporary realism artist Trish Harding and her husband are wearing her "Tui Portrait" tee, featuring her unique doodlewear artwork.


Words of Wisdom: Advice to Her Younger Self

Reflecting on her artistic journey, Trish offered words of encouragement to her younger self: "Start earlier! Keep going, it can be tough at times but it’s so rewarding." This powerful advice serves as a reminder to aspiring artists that perseverance, passion, and a willingness to embrace challenges are key ingredients in the recipe for success.


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Unlock Your Imagination: Discover Trish Harding's Doodlewear Collaboration Collection

Trish's awe-inspiring artwork has transcended the boundaries of canvas and ventured into the realm of fashion. We invite you to explore her captivating Doodlewear Collaboration Collection, where her art graces a range of art products, including t-shirts, hoodies, and homeware.

Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary realism art, wear your love for wildlife proudly, and become a walking masterpiece.


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In conclusion, Trish Harding, the contemporary realism artist from the Waikato region, enchants art lovers and nature enthusiasts alike with her exquisite creations. Through her brushstrokes, she invites us to embrace the mesmerising beauty that surrounds us and to find solace and inspiration in the vibrant world of art. So, readers, join us in celebrating the genius of Trish Harding and embark on your own artistic voyage—one filled with passion, wonder, and the courage to express your authentic self. 


What inspires you? Have you ever been moved by a particular artwork or found solace in the beauty of nature? We'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! And don't forget to check out Trish's captivating Doodlewear Collaboration Collection, where art and fashion intertwine to create something truly extraordinary.

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