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Why I Paint


I have always enjoyed painting as a way to re-focus and relax, typically working from real life or photographs of my own experiences. 



I enjoy working in all mediums but I really love painting with oils on canvas. This medium allows me to explore the wonders of light, reflection, and the richness of color and texture.



The experiences and imperfections of everyday life are my enduring inspiration and I enjoy capturing moments in time.



I am involved in both a local art community and an international art collective. I believe that this is important as it allows me to connect with other like minded people, to share artistic thought, and to be inspired and refreshed.



I come from an artistic family and have lived with creative influences all my life. My father, Anton Reitsma, was a keen wood and metal sculptor, a member of group 60 and featured in the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts exhibitions. My Great Great Grandfather founded the John Leech Gallery in Auckland in 1885, which continues to collect, exhibit and sell a range of significant New Zealand artworks and artifacts to this day.



I have always been able to 'see' the world and to translate that to a creative medium, I know that I have my heritage to thank for that. For the last few years my natural inclination has been to document the world I see in all its infinite detailed beauty and I can see my Dutch heritage in my works.



Art is an enduring journey, which by its nature, encourages introspection and change. It will be interesting to see where my journey takes me in the coming years and I would be honored if you would join me on that journey.




Thank you for sharing the journey with me,





In my Studio


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