Sean Fietje

I started painting in acrylics in 2004 while living in Hanmer Springs while teaching at the local school in my early twenties. I was given a painting set for my birthday and it clicked with me immediately. I began painting places from around Canterbury and the South Island that I enjoyed exploring, particularly the Arthurs Pass and North Canterbury foothills where I spend a lot of time tramping and photographing.

I then started doing commissions for numerous homes and businesses as well as selling through local cafes around Canterbury. I then began teaching art classes while teaching in mainstream schools and the Amuri Arts Council also asked me to teach some weekend art classes. Then in 2011 I took a year off from teaching full-time to devote myself to learning how to paint in oils, experiment with different styles and find the style that suits me best. Painting realism in oils is definitely my preference.

I also wanted to understand how to produce a painting where each step from the canvas preparation, to the varnishing and framing is of the highest quality finish possible. Then in 2012 I had the confidence to apply for the prestigious New Zealand Art Show and was accepted for a Solo exhibition. I have now been involved with a number of exhibitions in the Canterbury region with the bulk of my work being exhibited and sold through ‘Arts in Oxford’ Gallery. I am limited to around 6 oil paintings a year at the moment as I’m teaching full-time but would like to make painting a full-time career in the not-to-distant future. I’m currently a full-time primary school teacher in Christchurch, painting part time, while renovating my 60 year old bungalow.

My dream would be to run my own gallery/art school in Christchurch one day.

I have a long way to go – but I am thoroughly enjoying the journey.

Thank-you for taking the time to view my work.