Kadira Jennings was born in Tauranga New Zealand in 1952.
She began her art journey while staying with her older brother one summer holidays at age 15. Interestingly that first painting was a pine tree and trees often figure in her work to this day.
Her father was in the air force, which meant that her family frequently moved. Living in England and later in Blenheim NZ, her family exposed her to the wonder of ancient English forests, overgrown Roman roads and the rugged mountains and wild shores of the NZ South Island. These experiences have informed her life long love affair with and attraction to the unique wilderness of ancient landscapes and captivated her dreams of magic and mystery from a very young age.
She went on to attended Elam School of Fine art in Auckland New Zealand for three years during which time she studied under one of New Zealand's most famous artists - Colin McCahon and then took a break whilst bringing up a young family and moved to Australia in 1981. Taking up her art again she studied under the following Australian artists - Judith White, David Andrews, John Morris and Kristine Ballard.
It could be said that her muse is New Zealand as her inspiration comes from, first and foremost, the towering mountains, hidden creeks and sparkling waters of New Zealand's terrain. Returning regularly is an essential part of her art practice.
Kadira's studio is located in Springfield on the Central Coast of Australia 80 Ks north of Sydney.
Her work falls into two broad categories - her Floralscapes and her Landscapes. It is work that has morphed and changed over the years even as the very landscape she records has changed.
One of the most important things to emerge has been her work with and understanding of quantum physics and her exploration of utilizing that in the way she paints.
She states" Everything is energy and so through my work I am connected to the work on an energetic level. My emotional state at the time of painting is very important because if I am wanting to create something of beauty and that is spiritually uplifting, my consciousness must mirror that at the time of painting. "
Her practice therefore involves entering a meditative state prior to painting and working with a clear intention.
A Road Less Travelled
Mountains near Queenstown - NZ South Island
Photography is a tool Kadira uses to capture imagery for later use. Bushwalking, walking on the seashore or barefoot in the back yard, all connect her back to Nature again. Her sense of connectedness with the landscape, reflects back to others the beauty she finds there. The balance of nature, how it adapts reacts and evolves is part of her visual documentary.
A part of Kadira's art practice encompasses the idea that an original piece of art is a precious, one of a kind creation that en-capsules a small piece of the artist's creative vision and you might even say a piece of their soul.
She believes that when we own something that is precious to us, it creates a warmth in our hearts, a connection to something that is deeper than the piece itself. Often that piece will connect us to a memory, of happy times, of people and places.
She states," In a sense the artwork becomes a talisman, an artifact that allows us to tap into another time and place at will.