By Todd Wilkinson
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Māori Proverb
Adele Earnshaw has found her true painting stride at the same time economic turmoil in the world is wreaking havoc. It’s serendipitous perhaps. Art, after all, is about transformation—of sunlight, material, substance, and occasionally, of artists themselves.
“Hunger in the gut is not something you learn or can be taught. It is born of necessity. Either you have it or you don’t,” Earnshaw said recently from her home in Oak Creek Canyon outside of Sedona, a community in northern Arizona not far from the Grand Canyon.
With a winter and spring painting sojourn to New Zealand now completed, Earnshaw is gushing with new works. For sensuous examples, just take a look at 'Clouds on the Tararuas' and 'The Hills of Eketahuna' above.
For those unfamiliar with this native-born New Zealander, Earnshaw is a transplanted Kiwi who has spent a lengthy stretch of her adult life in the US and is best known for her supple watercolors. If you are a collector of wildlife art, Earnshaw's is well worth a look. She makes memorable art, sells her work for prices that are more than affordable and at every price point, whether one is...
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Post Date:November 25th, 2011
'Adele Earnshaw, her friends say, is painting at the height of her observational power and it is attracting attention from collectors. The story of Earnshaw's reinvention provides plenty of lessons for artists struggling against a tough economy and adversity. By being innovative and willing to take risks, the New Zealand painter, who has made her home in America for decades, is gaining critical recognition, broadening her collector base and providing an inspiring case study for success.