Congratulations JULIA TAPP!

This month we launched our search for Northland’s favourite artists alongside Creative Northland. Here were your top four picks, your top vote went to Julia Tapp. 

Julia has won a front page feature, and will be interviewed and photographed for a full-length article in Creative Junction’s e-magazine released on January 20th.

But it’s not over yet for the other artists! The 3 runner-ups will go back to the voting panel, and we’ll be calling for nominations on Facebook for one more artist to join them for February’s feature!

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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Julia Tapp- OUR WINNER

Inspired by life’s struggles, Julia Tapp is a trained customs artist who specialises in airbrush.

She has recently returned to Whangarei after the passing of her son and now uses her art to raise money for charity.

Julia intends to host a range of creative workshops across Whangarei, and is actively involved in using art to help others heal.

“I also run the new Zealand childloss support group. I’m committed to helping the families at no cost and providing memorial keepsakes.”

A woman of few words, she finishes…

“I have a lot of awards too but not sure if they matter. The paintings speak louder than words and awards anyway!”


“I am inspired by life, the struggles and challenges.. We have been through so much already and I hear so many amazing survival stories I find inspiration and strength to face our own biggest fears through others.”

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Voting has now closed. Congratulations, Julia Tapp. We will be in touch shortly to arrange an interview for our January cover feature thanks to Creative Northland (!