Beach Road Studios is a relaxed and friendly art school run by NZ encaustic artist Mary Jessie Sullivan, situated at her seaside art studio, in Haumoana, Hawkes Bay.
Mary Jessie Sullivan is an artist living by the sea in sunny Hawkes Bay.
After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at Ideaschool, EIT, Taradale in 2015, she now works as a full time artist and tutor.
She has a history of working in community art, both for Arts Inc. Heretaunga (formerly Creative Hastings) and Creative Art Napier. Also, Mary recently facilitated the opening of a community art gallery in Wairoa called Long River Gallery, which has created a hub for the arts community in Wairoa, to meet for both classes and workshops, as well a place to exhibit their work.
“I believe creativity in any form is enriching for all people of all walks of life.... and I love to see the happiness and sense of achievement that can be felt by merely getting amongst it!
It is my happy place…” says Mary.
Mary brings a lifetime of experience and skill in drawing and painting, specialising in abstract landscapes and seascapes in subtle moody tones, often rich in texture in either thick buttery acrylics or rich oils with layers of translucent cold wax.
Her other medium uses organic materials such as beeswax, pigment and shellac, heating them for the process of encaustic wax on wood. Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks who created portraits in wax to place over a mummy of the deceased as a memorial. The colour remains true to this day. By nature, these elements originate from the same source and by uniting them within the artwork a special link is formed.
Mary’s artwork can be found in galleries and private collections both throughout NZ and Internationally.