Vivianne Hazenveld: Mixed Media Artist
Vivianne is an enthusiastic artist having completed various Fine Art qualifications such as the Diploma of Fine Arts, Craft and Visual Art Practice & Business Skills and several Design Certificates. She likes to explore various media and styles as she believes being an artist is all about experimenting and evolving. She started teaching about 15 years ago and absolutely adores it. She loves seeing how art can help people to express themselves and to give a deep sense of self empowerment. When people create together, a beautiful sense of community and wellbeing is formed.
Tell us about your work?
I’m a Mixed Media Artist and enjoy using whichever medium I feel conveys the right emotion in my work. While most work is done on canvas using largely acrylics, I also create carved pieces, sculpture, artists books and wearable art.
Femininity is a common theme throughout my work, be it in the sensual curves of an abstract or a Goddess figure in one of my paintings. My art is often mixed in layered, in material and meaning.
I’ve exhibited widely, in galleries such as Sunset Gallery Port Macquarie, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Art Focus Gallery, The Painters Gallery, Lavender Bay Gallery, the Casula Powerhouse, Griffith, Orange Regional Galleries, Warringah Creative Space, Sydney Parliament House and more.
How long have you been practicing?
I believe we are all born as curious creatives in this world, but I have been actively creating and exhibiting art since my late teens. In this time my work has been exhibited in over 40 venues including; Warringah Creative Space, Parliament House Sydney, Underground ARTspace, Mosman Art Gallery, Gallery Lane Cove, The Painters’ Gallery, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Lavender Bay Gallery, Glenn St Theatre, Art Focus Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, Orange Regional Gallery, Griffith Regional Galleries and Sunset Gallery in Port Macquarie.
I have been part of many creative events and exhibitions in the Hastings area since 1995, the latest work on display winning “People’s Choice” in the Twice Formed Exhibition at Sunset Gallery (2020).
As a facilitator, I have worked with Sabaai, Wesley College, Erin Hill Sketching, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Arthouse Industries, Pinot and Picasso and more recently Port Macquarie Hastings council. I’ve also curated large public exhibitions and developed and facilitated community events including art experiences including community events and workshops for those suffering from Anxiety and Depression (Sydney) and those affected by the fires (Hastings Area).
How would you describe your creative process and where do you get your inspiration?
I drive myself totally nuts by getting inspiration ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE! I can fall in love with the way light hits a tree, a cheeky look in a friends eye, the way water droplets move along a window, the feel of my hands moving across the canvas... I have yet to find an off switch for this, but must admit I haven’t been looking too had for it!
What do you love the most about the Greater Port Macquarie Region?
Personally I love the space, in so many ways! Being able to see so much sky, having a studio big enough to carve, spray paint, work on large pieces, and not feeling crowded in by people. I’ve also met some amazing artists, driven by passion for their work, creating original pieces, who have been very supportive and inspiring.
Tell us about your art classes?
In my classes and workshops, I cover various subjects and techniques including drawing, acrylic painting, mixed media, self expression, therapeutic art and sketching. I’ve taught at a range of institutions ranging from the Wesley Art Institute, Sabaai in Neutral Bay to the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Erin Hill Studios, Art Smart at Seaforth, Sunset Gallery and Arthouse Industries in Port Macquarie and I ran my own thriving little art school in Manly, Sydney till 2018.
Regardless of personality and style (bold and expressive, gentle and delicate or anything in between!) I help people to complete a work that truly reflects who they are. I love helping students who don't know where to start or who claim they cannot draw, and then to see their proud smiles when they look at an artwork they have created. I help students to become confident in their creativity and to achieve amazing results, all while enjoying the journey!
Where can people find your work?
My work can be found on my website, Facebook or Instagram, or better still, view it in person at my Studio opposite Billabong Zoo. Phone to make an appointment or come visit during my open studio weekends, usually held the last weekend of every month.