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Artist determined to push her limits
Jocelyn Fannin talks to a Taihape woman who is hard at work gaining the career she has wanted since she was a child.
Promising future: Lianne Adams is looking forward to more art studies.
Lianne Adams is a self-taught artist
although she did a diploma in art
through the Learning Connexion -- a
She majored in painting and
''Ever since I was little I was only
ever going to be an artist.''
She was able to start painting
classes when she was seven which
gave her a good grounding.
While at high school she was able
to do a little.
''I was sure I'd go on to art school
but ended up getting married and
having a family instead.''
After son Joseph was born in 1994
she picked art up again.
She started teaching herself how
''You have to do it to learn -- lots
''I joined the local art society and
they were marvellous.''
A year before coming to Taihape,
Lianne had decided to become a full-
time artist, specifically painting, as
she felt she needed to concentrate
on one area and become good at it.
In 2002 she opened the Hot Artz
Gallery but closed it in 2005, so she
could focus entirely on her art.
She started teaching art at
Pukeokahu School and a once a
week adult class.
Lianne regularly enters compe-
''It gives me recognition and gets
my work out there which gives it
''I enter selectively but always do
the Waimarino Art Award and some
This year she decided to develop
the contextual side of her work and
enrolled at the Taihape Area School
to do level 3 MACE art with the
thought of furthering studies next
year which will take her art to a
She is particularly interested in
the identity of New Zealand from a
''We've all come from somewhere
to get to New Zealand.
''We are all boat people.
''People are now really interested.
It's quite fascinating.''
Her highlight last year was being
accepted as a finalist in the Molly
Morpeth-Canada Art Award as well
as the painting and print making
award with her tikis -- ''Made in
''It is the first time I've entered
and it is pretty prestigious.
''I talked with the judge and he
helped me with the contextual
development of my work.''
Lianne is looking at studying this
year but is still unsure.
''It will depend on what interests
me when I look further into it.''
She is very interested in design
because this will bring a new devel-
opment to her work.
However, she will encompass
skills she already has.
She had always thought she
would do a Bachelor of Fine Arts but
wants to stay in Taihape so now is
perhaps looking at Wanganui.
She needs to continue to work but
her father lives in Wanganui which
makes that move sensible.
''I am an artist.
''Art is my major focus, so I will do
what I have to do to be an artist.
''Working allows me to be more
''This last year has been a learn-
ing time for me.''
off to new
New home: The Copper Gumboot Trophy
now with Mike and Brenda Marshall in
The 28th Gumboot Rally run by the Vin-
tage Car Club on New Year's Day was
won by the Whanganui branch's new club
captain Mike Marshall and his wife
This means the Copper Gumboot will
reside in Woodville for a year.
Again, there was a good showing of
cars. People started off in clear weather
but it turned quite wet as the day wore
on.The end of the day saw the celebratory
barbecue held indoors, thanks to Robert
Baines opening up TMS Motors work-
Local spokesman Peter Wilton said the
barbecue was a very enjoyable finale to
the event. ''We are grateful to all the
local firms who supported us with the
donation of prizes. Gumboot Rally is the
only VCC rally where every entrant
receives a prize.''
Mr Wilton said the raffle prize donated
by Denis Robertson at Property Brokers
was won by the Turners of Whanganui --
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