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Paul Coney - Aotearoa Artist
Paul Coney

Paul Coney - Aotearoa Artist

Never being able to settle on an interesting career, despite having concentrated on music, sport and sketching during school, and recovering from anxiety/depression due to his mum’s early passing, Paul Coney became fascinated with nature’s beauty and complexity. As a self-taught artist, his interest saw him producing artworks from which he derived great satisfaction. Therapeutically this worked as, like the phoenix, he rose above and started selling his work through the New Zealand Fellowship of Artists. His work sold well, and this spurred him to continue on this path.

Initially Paul was interested in watercolour and this was his preferred medium for over 20 years: “The beauty and discipline required to paint with them fascinated me, coupled with the challenge of preconceiving the stages and strategies that you have to adopt to successfully complete a work, drew me to them as a medium.” The life of an artist has suited him very well, as basically he is his own boss, flexible with time. He has found that producing and working at something he is passionate about has given him a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfilment “I find my inspiration from life, beauty and what surrounds me. I subscribe to the famous English poet John Keats who said, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” If I can live and try to always be aware and mindful of the incredible and magnificent beauty that surrounds us all, I am living a worthwhile, full and satisfying life. I believe we have an enormous amount to learn from nature and beauty that is beyond anyone’s complete understanding at the moment. In many ways I find solace in nature and I guess painting it helps me to be closer to the source of that solace.” Admiring many artists, Paul mentions John Singer Sargent as a consummate, brilliant artist. “My favourite oil painter of the moment is Thomas Faed whose work I saw on a recent trip to Scotland. I admire his absolutely meticulous skills with a paintbrush and the life and light that exude from his work. I know that hundreds and hundreds of hours have gone into the creation of his paintings and he has not only produced a work of great beauty and brilliance but also left a part of himself on the canvas. Both of these artists are incredible exponents of the highest levels of painting skills and have perfected their own style, which leaves a lasting memory and a tribute to their profession.”
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