A special moment in the busy days at the exhibition was meeting a member from Gisborne, Adrian Cave. Born in Gisborne, Adrian lives on the beautiful farm, adjacent to the Eastwood Hill Arboretum at Ngatapa, that has been his life’s work. Equally important for him has been his hobby of painting. He has been a member of the Gisborne Art Society since the 1960s, exhibiting and tutoring there regularly. “We have many talented artists in our region.”
Adrian painted in oils for ten years. Then, after experimenting with watercolour and becoming frustrated, he joined Australian artist David Taylor for a week’s tuition, starting from scratch. He has now made five trips with David Taylor and others with Alvaro Castagnet, Ross Patterson and Charles Sluga. He has journeyed to France, Croatia, twice to Prague and thrice to Venice. Adrian’s wife, Mary, accompanies him on painting trips and together they have made many close friends who love to journey to New Zealand and stay on the farm out west of Gisborne.
Adrian prefers to paint on site and always aims to make a ‘proper painting’, rather than just a sketch. He gives himself three hours to complete the work. He chooses his subjects for the light. ”Something boring can become magic in the right light.” He uses Arches 300 gsm in block form to avoid the need to carry boards and tape. He frames his own work.
Adrian remembers with a wry smile, when he was painting on the waterfront in Venice among the crowd of tourists. He follows David Taylor’s advice to avoid looking up and becoming engaged in conversation. He was feeling “pretty good” about his work. A male tourist watched over his shoulder in silence for some time, then, without a word to Adrian, walked off saying to his wife “That man’s a retired farmer”!
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