Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Getting To Know You/NewCreatioNZ aka Jocelyn

To start, please tell us a bit about yourself. What's your story?

Well I'm Jocelyn. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa but moved to New Zealand 13 years ago. I live in a little beach town near Auckland with my husband, our son of 17 years and two daughters, 16 and 9. I work at my children's Christian school as a teachers aide which fits in perfectly as I work the same hours as they are at school. I am passionate about painting and photography but delve into all sorts of other crafts too - I'm willing to give anything a go!

What is your favorite quote?

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39

What is your favorite movie? Don't watch much these days but love the good period ones like Pride and Prejudice.

What is your favorite TV show?

Grand Designs (BBC programme)

Do you have a hero, if so, who? why?

My Creator. Not only did he create me, he saved me, sustains me, loves me, and takes care of my every need.

What is your favorite song at the moment?

Honest Questions by Daniel Bedingfield

What kinds of music do you listen to?

Most things Mellow and laid back, all the better if it's Christian.

How long have you been creating? Since a child but more seriously since I have lived in New Zealand.

What inspires you?

God. And his creation. I am so amazed at His creativity. I love to study things close up and photograph them. He inspires me to paint when I read His word. Often I have to wait on Him before I am ready to put paint onto canvas.

Is there any kind of music you listen to when you create?

Christian worship music. Creating, for me is an act of worship. I am giving back to God what he has blessed me with talentwise.

What's your biggest artistic disaster to date?

Not sure what my biggest is, but I have had many. Fortunately I am not too precious about my paintings so if I paint a disaster, I just wipe it all out (overpaint it with white gesso) and start again.

What's your favorite piece that you've done?

Possibly a painting called "It is Finished" painted at Easter.

What's the best advice you were given when starting out?

To develop my own style. Not to compare myself with others but to know that God has given me unique talents that he wants me to use.

Do you have any advice to give others?

Don't be driven by money. (speaking to myself here too). Do your bit by whatever promoting you do but know that God will give you what you need. Trust Him and just enjoy the process of creating.

What's coming up for you; any big plans artistically?

My church's annual art exhibition called SoulArt is coming up soon. There happen to be a number of artists in my church and we get together once a year, and raise money from the exhibition, for community projects.

Where can we find you? Both online and in stores.

For a selection of my paintings:

For a selection of my photos:

My blog:

And ofcourse my Etsy shop:


knitblitz said...

Beautiful, and heat wrenching painting. Enjoyed reading about you. :)

knitblitz said...

HEART wrenching! Why don't I proof read?!