Robyn Armstrong - Contemporary artist & print maker
Robyn is a practising contemporary artist who moved to Wellington from Australia two years ago. She works across a range of media including painting, printmaking, sculpting, and illustration.
Robyn’s BraveArt work is dedicated to two friends she lost to cancer in 2013. Inspired by their beauty and the enduring memory of the fragility and loss of strength she witnessed during their illness, she represented them with the elegance and delicacy of a magnificent flowering magnolia blossom which she noticed and photographed against a blue sky.
Creating a symmetrical pattern with her photographic print, she discovered that the branches intertwined to construct a skeleton with petals and buds looking like beautiful organs including a central heart. The magnolia had taken the form of the body, so she transferred this onto Anne’s torso in a powdery soft toned, matt paint which deliberately does not gloss over any of the imperfections.
“We are fragile, but strong” says Robyn “so I wanted to represent Anne’s strength and positive attitude. I see that linking together to form a group is vitally important to enable this strength to blossom and I hope the inspirational positive attitude of Anne and the CanSurvive team has been communicated through this BraveArt work.”
Robyn is generously donating the original magnolia print which inspired her BraveArt work for sale. Proceeds from the sale of this framed work will go to the Cancer Society.
She is now based in Bay View Studios, Shelly Bay. She juggles motherhood with her art practice and is growing her connections with artists in the local community.
Robyn was part of the Miramar Arts Trail this year, and also exhibited work at the New Zealand Art Show in July.
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Anne Carroll - CanSurvive
Anne is originally from Christchurch but has been a Wellingtonian for over 30 years now.
She has been a member of the CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team for four years.
She has enjoyed a career in IT that has provided lots of variety and opportunities to work around the world.
On the boat Anne says she enjoys “the fun, positive attitude, and being with a group of women with a shared experience and zest for life.”
This has been her ongoing motivation for paddling and competing.
Anne believes “Attitude is everything!”
“You can’t stop the bad things from happening, but a positive attitude is important to help you through the tough times” she says.
Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer in her late 40s.
She underwent left side mastectomy surgery, follow-up chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery.
She can say she has been a survivor for eight years, finishing her treatment in 2007.