Featured Artist: NewCreatioNZ on Etsy!
NewCreatioNZ on Etsy offers contemporary paintings and nature photography incorporated in stationery, packaging, coasters, cards and more!
She shares a bit about herself, her store, and her love for the Lord.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in the beautiful country of New Zealand, having moved from South Africa,with my husband and two children (now three) 13 years ago. We live in a little cottage close to the beach so spend as much time as we can enjoying the sun, sand and sea. Apart from this I work with special needs children in a local school. I also manage to fit in my passion of art. I paint, craft and photograph. This keeps me going – it’s my time out. But above all, my first love is my God and Savior, Jesus. With out him I would have no purpose. He is why I wake up ready to face each day. He is amazing, a friend I can call on any time.
2. What inspires you to create your work?
Generally God’s creation: I am surrounded with beautiful beaches, green hills and lush forests. Also scripture and songs that speak to me.
3. What is your favorite thing to make/sell?
I love to paint. With online selling I have to keep to a smaller format, also a computer screen doesn’t do original art any favours, but that doesn’t stop me. I love to photograph nature too. It makes me slow down and look at things closer. I also love to use my photos in as many different and practical ways as I can think of.
4. What is the best part about being a Christian seller?
I have made some wonderful friends on Etsy. It is so refreshing coming across other Christians in a craft world where we are the minority. It is wonderful to have their support. Also I am honoured to be able to send out my prayerfully created art into secular homes. I do my art to glorify God and pray that it will touch others.
5. Why do you do what you do?
We are all made in God’s image and that is why I believe we all have an ability to create. Some just haven’t discovered it yet, but we all have it within us. I do what I do because I have to. There is something inside of me that pushes me forward to keep on creating. God has placed this desire in my heart to create and I want to use it to glorify him. I am so grateful that I have an outlet like Etsy to show my work and (God-willing) to recoup some of my costs.
6. What are your hobbies?
I grew up mad on horses and rode and owned horses for many years. These days I love to go for long walks/hikes with my family and when I am home, you guessed it – I make art!
7. What is one of your most well-loved Bible verses?
This is hard because there are so many I love. This one puts everything in perspective for me: Romans 11:36 : For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen