My art philosophy

KINSA HAYS - Artist’s Bio

I began painting in 1999 at night school near Whakatane and passed School Certificate as a mature student. In 2000 I passed Bursary. Living in Opotiki, I had a succession of tutors in watercolour, oils and in a range of styles.


I became secretary of the Opotiki Art Society and was responsible for raising $200,000 for the restoration of their historic hall, built in 1898. We put on exhibitions throughout the restoration, learning how to display our work to best advantage. I was accepted for the Molly Morpeth exhibition, had my own studio at Bryans Beach and designed labels for my preserves in my boutique business, Kinsa’s Kitchen.


From 2007 – 2015 while travelling around New Zealand, I painted en plein air in wonderful locations using acrylic paints. These works are gradually coming to light since I settled in the western Bay of Plenty. I joined the Katikati Art Group and Tauranga Society of Arts, Tauranga Writers and Powertalk in Matamata to polish my art, writing, speaking and leadership skills.


I like to read, listen to classical music, walk in Nature, explore new places and spend time with my family in Auckland.


Inland Kaikoura

Medium: acrylic, commission


Nikau @ Nikau, Buller

Medium: acrylic, en plein air

Size: 760 x 380mm

Price: $210


Waipa patterns
Medium: Acrylic 
Size: 400 x 300mm
Price: $300

Rangitikei River 
Medium: Acrylic en plein air
Size: 760 x 500mm
Price: $430 - SOLD


Watch fires in the Sky (James K Baxter)
Medium: Mixed media 
Size: 380 x 700mm
Price:  $420 - SOLD


Kaimai-Mamaku Range
Medium: Acrylic 
Size: 760 x 380mm
Price: $325

Medium: Oil
Size: 445 x 445mm
Price: $180

The Fisherman 
Medium: Oil
Size: 580 x 480mm
Price: $345

Faces - Chasm Creek, Buller
Medium: Acrylic en plein air
Size: 760 x 380mm
Price: $230

On the threshold 
Medium: Acrylic 
Size: 400 x 500mm
Price: $245

Into the Wild

 Medium: Acrylic 

Size: 400 x 500mm

Price: $195

Blue Toadstools

 Medium: mixed 

Size:  circular 300 x 300 mm

Price: $145

Vedders Road, Ohiwa

 Medium: watercolour

Size:  300 x 400 mm

Under glass in wood frame

Price: $375


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