I'm a multi disciplinary artist based on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Pencil is my primary tool, which I use to create intricate drawings full of texture and detail.
I also work in charcoal, pastel and colour pencil. I'm currently experimenting with watercolours and oils. The human figure, fabric and the ocean are some of my favourite subjects. I like to encourage the viewer to take a closer look at the everyday with detailed drawings of an otherwise mundane slab of concrete, or close cropping of faces.
I also work with hard stone. My small sculptures and jewellery are crafted from stone I have found, collected or traded when I travel, and from home where I collect stone from the local beaches. I carve jade, sodalite, argillite (my favourite), beach pebbles, greywacke and many more. I studied hard stone carving at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth, NZ. That was around 2001 and I've been carving ever since.
You can see more of my work at karynrobertsart.com or on Instagram and Facebook at KarynRobertsArt
I love the sea. I love to draw it. Its a self portrait in a lot of ways.
For me, the Co-vid pandemic has been a time to thrive. I am a bit of an introvert anyway and I spend long periods of time alone in my studio so things didn't change much in that regard. I certainly didn't miss contact with other humans. It re-enforced my belief that a simpler lifestyle, an getting by with less is better for me. I don"t think it has had any impact on what I create, my output, or my process.