Kirsty Nixon believes that art is part of you it finds you at a very young age. Although she constantly drew and painted constantly as a child, she first took it seriously as a watercolor artist and started selling her work at eighteen alongside other full time work. She spent time in advertising pushing her brain to explore words and imagery and still enjoy the clever boundaries design and literature can push. The artistic pull was strong though and she chose to become a full-time artist in 1997. Although it can be such a rewarding, frustrating, joyous, terrifying occupation she can’t imagine not having it in her life.
She paints mostly now in acrylics but is really pleased that watercolour was her medium of choice at the start as she thinks it is a great medium for teaching you discipline and patience. In 1994 she switched to acrylics and has been enjoying their freedom and impact ever since.
Although she has explored other subjects she is constantly drawn to the New Zealand landscape in it’s various guises. Her imagery is based a lot on viewing through native plant life onto a scene, almost as if we pulled back the leaves and were just within reach of our unique coastline or dramatic rolling hills. Having worked with just the landscape for a long time she has recently started including various New Zealand icons such as the caravan or boat shed which implies a sense of warmth and a holiday connection for every ‘kiwi’.
Kirsty has always had an interest in portraiture and is challenging herself by exploring this avenue currently alongside the work she is best known for. Although it tests her in ways she hasn't experienced in a while, she is relishing the challenge.
Kirsty lives in Auckland with her husband and two children, who seem to happily tolerate canvases at various stages of completion throughout the house.