Updated: Dec 9, 2020
My name is Phoebe Robinson and I am PAINTED'S lead artist and manager.
A little bit about me..
I am a strong willed, curious, passionate, go getter. I love to take on new challenges!
A big passion of mine, is to bring fun and excitement into people's lives.
Being a risk taker has shaped me into who I am today and has empowered me to take on obscene challenges.. But most people would just call me crazy!
Being a risk taker isn't always easy, and often comes with mistakes, uncertainty, change, fear, overwhelm and self-doubt. But one thing that I stand by is 'mistakes shape you'. I don't see failure as 'failure', I see it as a lesson, I see it as progress to the next step, the next risk.
I am who I am today because of these lessons, because I chose to have a different perspective and outlook on the meaning of growth and wisdom.
HOW DID I GET INTO THE CREATIVE FIELD?
I loved creating as a child! But I was quick to let my skill and passion for art die down as I reached my pre-teens. My life wasn't normal and definitely wasn't easy. I had to face many hurdles and hardships from a very young age. I no longer had time for art.. or fun.
HOWEVER, something would always nudge me back to the passionate, creative child I always was. Creative opportunities found me and brought me back to the direction I always wanted to go.
At 18 years old I met a famous street artist called 'THE HULA' in Mount Maunganui at a street art festival called 'Street Prints'.
This guy was inspiring! He painted massive portraits on river banks, Icebergs and trees! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to show 'The Hula" some of my sketches. From there he told me that I must learn to paint, as he was shocked by my natural talent. SO I DID.
The following week I learnt to paint on three canvases and from there I landed myself 5 walls on Mount Maunganui Main Street.
I was so passionate about painting people's stories, about painting what life meant to me at that point of time. I WANTED TO PAINT HOPE.. Because I was struggling to understand what that looked like.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PAINTED?
The purpose of painted is to get the community of Hamilton to experience the joy of creating and learning a new skill. Maybe you haven't painted since primary school.. Why don't you try it again? Grab your friends, grab a drink and relax, you deserve it!
I know for myself that it can be hard to find things to do in Hamilton that are actually enjoyable, unique and aim to teach you a new skill.
Let's step out of our normal routine and try a new hobby, you might just find it therapeutic.