Back in October 2013 we went to live in Queenstown New Zealand for 5 months and 2 weeks, after a long 4 year stay in Thailand we decided we needed a change of pace. I had a great opportunity to sell my art direct to you in person for the first time in 8 years was amazing. I learn’t what you liked from the art and to the story behind my work, we really connected. It was my message between man, animals, plants and nature.=
I signed up to the Queenstown saturday market in the park. It alive with music and arts, and people from all over the world came to join in the friendly atmosphere. Queenstown has a majestic feeling there, the mountains and the lake are memorising and you cannot help but feel amazing at being part of it.
After my experience in Queenstown it made me realise I was truly happy. I had an outlet to share and talk about my art like never before. Sharing with you is the reason why I create. Wow all I can think of is I want more of this, time to be with people who inspire me to do more of what I love. It’s not just about art, its so much more its about the experience I have to connect with so many people like you.
Obtaining a Sellers License
Being British you can get a tourist visa for up to 6 months. Selling your art at craft fairs and galleries in NZ you can apply for a sellers market license at the local town hall. While I was visiting Queenstown, my first point of contact was the person who ran the Queenstown Market on saturday’s and she put me in touch with what I needed to do. On your income while you stay in New Zealand you’d pay 10% in Tax, but if you stayed longer then you would need to pay taxes on your world wide earnings. So I kept my visit under 6 months, as this would complicate things. I did this back in 2013, so bare in mind things may have changed since then.
Previously the last 8 years I have been travelling from country to country. This has been tough on my art, because I was just creating and learning to sell online, with little knowledge on how to do it properly. I just went with the flow and didn’t really know anything about marketing and using the tools I had to hand to create a better following. And I fully admit I found it hard to stay connected, it was difficult to stay focused and positive, especially when you work on your own without any interactions.
Despite all this, I have learnt a lot.
- I have taught myself to build a websites
- I’m learning how write blogs
- My writing has improved.
- I’m doing what I love
- I’ve found great ways to show off my art via social networking
I realise those 8 years of learning and creating art and being able to travel and create gave me the opportunity to create art the body of art I had to share, quiet often you were amazed at the amount of art I had on offer.
Positive Moves in the right Direction.
- While I’m here I’m going to learn more about the industry
- Create more art
- Write a book about my art. This will be consist of an 3 sections – Introduction – Meaning behind each painting and story board from start to finish. I figure this is perfect way for you to get to know me and my meaning behind my work.
- I will be writing more blogs.
- Focusing on my newsletters.
- Updating my websites.
I’m always adding new items to pinterest, instagram, twitter and Facebook. If you have ant questions or helpful advice you can contact me here just leave a reply and I’ll do my best to reply.