Who are our February nominees?

Last month we launched our search for Northland’s favourite artists alongside Creative Northland.

Our first winner, Julia Tapp, graced the cover of our January 20 edition with her story on how Tragedy lead to Creativity.

This month we feature our January runners-up alongside our wildcard entry voted for by you!

Congratulations Earnest Bradley who will be joining these three talented ladies below in a voting contest to see who will feature on February’s cover.

Prize includes:

*Professional photography
*Front page feature
*Double page spread about artist and their art, interviewed and written by our editor Pippa Bourke


Creative Junction is Northland’s positive news magazine. With a focus on promoting achievements within our community, we go out online to just over 13,000 email subscribers, our website gets around 30-40,000 hits per month and our social media reached 90,000 late last year. This competition is sponsored by Creative Northland.

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Alex Moyse

Her art started as a distraction from her constant pain, now Alex Moyse is due to host her first solo exhibition.

The Onerahi-based ink artist sees her art as a form of therapy after having to leave her job as an ED nurse 5 years ago.

Dealing with a painful, chronic health condition, Alex says the detail work helped to get her mind away from the pain.

“It helped me deal with the insomnia and depression that go hand in hand with chronic pain,” she says. “[when] I had to give up my career…I was in a pretty rough way for a while, feeling like I had nothing to call my own. But when I found my art again, it gave me something to accomplish and something that I enjoy and get a lot out of.”

Working mainly in ink, Alex says she sees her art as part of her treatment plan as opposed to a job.

“I’m very selective about what commissions I take on.”


“I am inspired by the things around me, which I think is why I use so much of NZ flora and fauna, there are also some great small NZ illustrators that I look up to. But one of my biggest inspirations is Frida Kahlo. As a strong, independent woman, who also dealt with illness and chronic pain, she channeled that into her art and created some of the most amazing pieces. I love her.”

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Jessie Rose

“I feel like it’s in my blood to create, so it’s just who I am.”

It would be hard to find an artform similar to that of Jessie Rose.

The well-known Kamo artist has recently started her own art school to complement her clothing range and hand-painted casket service.

The aptly named ‘Inspire’ art school for children and teenagers on Kamo Road, has been booked out since it opened earlier this year.

“I work along side [students], giving them the tools and instilling in them the belief that they can do anything they put their mind to if they dream big and go for it” she says. 

After using art as an outlet Jesse says her own art is pretty ‘dark’, but she uses her experiences to teach children to express themselves and be who they want to be.

“It’s just been so amazing to watch and see these children grow in confidence and learn, develop their own style and learn to be themselves.”


“Right now top of my list is inspiring children/teens. To open their eyes to what I wish I was taught at their age. To develop their creative thinking and confidence to be themselves, to be individuals and through art to start seeing the world through different perspectives. To help them see and believe anything is possible”

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Nadine Clement

Having once painted a sheep, it would be fair to say Nadine Clement loves a challenge.

The Waipu based artist and event manager launched Face Painting Northland earlier this year. Returning from a 7-year stint in Wellington, Nadine says the toughest challenge for her now is the travel time involved to get to jobs.

“Luckily I like travelling, and I love face painting because it makes people happy, it really is canvas that smiles back.”

Nadine brings a vast range of experience to her facepainting business. She first discovered her creative talents 18 years ago as an event manager for a large Auckland company.

“As an event manager I would assist with designing and making props, recruit suppliers, artists and performers for a large range of events,” she says. “It wasn’t long until I started booking myself as a Face Painter or Body Painter for large corporate parties and events. Haven’t looked back.”

She says no challenge is too hard.

“I LOVE to be challenged in painting all types of surfaces, canvas, walls, faces, bodies, once, even a sheep for the ‘Art n Tartan’ promotion at the local Christmas Parade!”

Alongside her fiance, the couple have recently created a studio on their porperty and hope to host children’s parties and learn-to-facepaint workshops in the near future. 

Favourite quote: 

“Earth without art is just ‘Eh”

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