Paula TUININGA: Melbourne based Artist, born in the UK, I have called Australia home for the past 40 years. “I grew up with a passion for all things creative, especially drawing. Apart from attending short courses at The Melbourne School of Art in my youth I am mainly self-taught.
After years of taking a backseat to my career in visual merchandising/retail and then to raising my beautiful kids, I have recently reconnected with my love for drawing. What started of as a hobby, drawing portraits for family and friends has quickly grown into a business with customers in Australia, The United Kingdom and America.
Primarily a commissioned pet and people portrait artist, my favourite medium is pastel. I love its vibrancy, versatility, and its richness. I love to capture that moment in time, the eyes, characteristics, personality, and emotion of the subjects. Working from photos I strive to include every minute detail that only the loved ones or owners will notice, to create a unique piece of art that evokes an intimate connection and emotional attachment for the recipient.
As my artistic journey continues, I am so excited to see where it will take me.” Paula TUININGA