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Skyfall Art Exhibition opens this weekend

Skyfall Art Exhibition

My new solo art exhibition, Skyfall, opens this weekend! One of the many joys of having my own studio and gallery is meeting existing and new collectors of my work.

Mark your diaries now for this free event, tell your friends and family and prepare to be inspired. Visit me in my studio and enjoy my new collection of happy, uplifting art, inspired by  Dr Emoto’s research into the spiritual properties of water

Take home some vegies and enjoy my gorgeous garden.

All the details on my website



SKYFALL: Messages From Water and The Universe“, shares Love and Gratitude Water-infused colour paintings inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto’s pioneering studies into the energy of love.


Large high-vibrational abstract botanical paintings, and a small collection of inspirational abstract landscapes will be available to view and purchase.

Opens Saturday October 21st at 10am, Sat & Sun until October 29.

Private viewings welcome

I hope you enjoy a preview of my upcoming solo exhibition: “SKYFALL: Messages From Water and The Universe.”

“We must begin by learning what it means to have enough… to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. If you open your eyes you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves our gratitude. When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think about how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you, yourself will be a beautiful shining crystal of light.”

-Masaru Emoto

The beauty of being astonished!

I love this reaction from early visitors to my studio.

In my latest works, I’ve been leaning into the beautiful flow of rainwater-infused pigments during the co-creation with Spirit process. Water has an amazing ability to hold, share and live energy, and as Dr. Emoto shares, words hold tremendous power:

“In Japan, it is said that words of the soul reside in a spirit called kotodama or the spirit of words, and the act of speaking words has the power to change the world. We all know that words have an enormous influence on the way we think and feel and that things generally go more smoothly when positive words are used.”

The rainwater-infused paintings hold the energy of love and gratitude from which it draws its name.

The pinks, lavenders, yellows, blues, healing greens and soothing white palette have a loving, feel-good vibe. Bring the energies of love and gratitude into your home with these beautiful transcendental pieces.

“Beautiful works. Loving the positive energy. Fabulous.”

Must see new works

WATER SPIRIT, Cassandra Gaisford, 2023

Seductive, sensuous pinks, clarets, greens and oranges uplift, pamper, soothe and delight.

Playful, spontaneous and gestural strokes imbue this painting with new life.

This painting was begun on Matariki. Twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. For Māori, the appearance of Matariki heralds a time of remembrance, joy and peace. It is a time for communities to come together and celebrate.

Inspired by the flowers in my garden home to many comings together and celebrations.

I’m leaning into the beautiful flow of rain water infused pigments during the co-creation with Spirit process. Water has an amazing ability to hold, share and live energy. This water infused painting takes a quantum leap from the spring board of Masaru Emoto’s microscopic work with ice crystals. Through macroscopic photography, and a groundbreaking new technique, researcher Veda Austin, allows us to view water as an intelligent force, with the power to respond to human consciousness in ways never before thought possible.

The Water Spirit has a definite feel great vibe.


WATER POEM, Cassandra Gaisford, 2023

“By holding the intention of peace towards water, by thinking, speaking and acting with the intention of peace towards water, water can and will bring peace, to our bodies and to the world.” -Masaru Emoto

48 inch x 48 inch

1210 mm x 1210 mm x 35mm

Acrylic on canvas

Peaceful greens and whites uplift, with accents of gold, blue and lavender, soothe and delight.


Inside The Flower, Cassandra Gaisford, 2023

INSIDE THE FLOWER, Cassandra Gaisford, 2023

1120 W mm x 1680 H mm

A colourful piece reminiscent of the beauty of flowers, for which it is named, but also the ebb and flow of the ocean.

Inspired by the rich tapestry of colours found in the flora of my garden and the Pacific Islands, brought to life in exotic shades.

Seductive, sensuous pinks, lavenders and violets are employed to pamper, soothe and delight.

Playful, spontaneous and gestural strokes imbue this painting with new life.

This is the perfect piece to enliven a blank wall.


I Bought You Flowers, Cassandra Gaisford, 2023

I BOUGHT YOU FLOWERS, Cassandra Gaisford, 2023

48 inch x 48 inch

1210 mm x 1210 mm x 35mm

Acrylic, oil, crayon on canvas

I Bought You Flowers is inspired by the colourful spring flowers my partner bought for me and carried into the studio as I was creating my series of paintings inspired by the mauri, or “life-force” of water. I wanted to capture this feeling of surprise, love, magic and delight. I’ve also added beautiful touches of fun oil with crayons because crayons remind me of being a child and the importance of allowing oneself the freedom to play.



48 inch x 48 inch

1210 mm x 1210 mm x 35mm

oil, acrylic, crayon on canvas

Water Fairies is inspired by the mauri, or “life-force” of water. The name was inspired by the beautiful Cosmic fairy lights dancing across the water in front of the gallery in the Bay of Islands under the rare full, super moon the blue moon in Pisces. Neptune, god of the sea, rules Pisces, and of course, Pisces is a very watery sign. It just seemed very spiritual and blessed, and I wanted to capture this feeling of playfulness and magic and delight. I’ve also added beautiful touches of fun oil with crayons because crayons remind me of being a child and the importance of allowing oneself the freedom to play.


How to commission a painting you’ll love!

Wow! Absolutely beautiful!

We absolutely love the paintings. Just so exciting to be part of the process. So great to work with you with lots of fun discussions too. Would highly recommend commissioning a piece of art by Cassandra as a way to depict a landscape from a mind in such a fun and beautiful way.

~ Lee and Cliff Whitelaw, 2023

It was such a joy to create two beautiful pieces for such an amazing, truly loving couple as they prepare to move into their soon-to-be finished new home.

The palette enjoys liberal sweeps of happy, warm vibes — summery blues and greens with dashes of sunshine yellows and a splash of hot orange to warm the soul.

In this vlog I share a little more about the inspiration behind this commission and a video, Fun! Fun! Fun! A landscape from my mind 

Fun! Fun! Fun! New Vlog

Why Commission A Painting?

Knowles Commission, Beeswax on panel, 1800 x 1200mm

You have remodelled your home, built new, or just feel like an immediate uplift. Perhaps you’ve found an artist whose work you love. Maybe you’ve seen their work on social media or met them at an open studio event or exhibition.

Perhaps you’ve been introduced to their work through a gallery and have never met them but their work speaks to you. Maybe the artist mainly works in a smaller format and you have a large rectangle piece in mind, or there is a particular palette or you want, or a reference to a favourite place that holds so many happy memories.

There can be an infinite array of reasons to want a bespoke piece of work made to your taste and this is where you might consider commissioning a painting rather than purchasing an artwork that is already made.


Health Commission

I love to create bespoke, customised work and create with a range of mediums, including oil paints, acrylic, encaustic, watercolour, gilt and more. I adore the mesmerising colours that come from natural pigments enabling an alchemical relationship between nature and the painting. There is a joy and immediacy to my work too and a direct and absorbing relationship with each piece that is really exciting.

Hundreds of hours of work go into the process of building up the many layers of many of my work. Sometimes a painting can take many years to make and during that process they develop a personality of their own. The minimum lead time on a commission is 3 months but for a large heavily layered piece it is advisable to think in terms of at least one year. I’m trying to capture transcendent beauty and capture this as an antidote to our chaotic times. 

My soul purpose is to create something that uplifts spirits and provides harmony, peace and tranquillity. My style is constantly evolving as I keep discovering new paints and techniques and explore the boundless possibilities of colour. I am committed to taking creative risks and pushing things to the edge of possibility—and beyond. I absolutely love working to a huge scale.

Looking for larger art? I love, love, love creating bespoke pieces tailored to your home, lifestyle, goals and dreams. 


Dickey Commission

People often ask me, “How do you commission a painting from an artist? How can you be sure you’re going to get what you want? It must take a lot of trust.”

In this video, I share the inspiration and process behind a large beeswax painting I completed in 2021 for a local Bay of Islands family. You’ll see some of the inspiration behind the finished work as well as video footage during the creation process. You’ll also discover how easy, fun and risk-free it is to commission a truly original painting from me.

I share more about the commission process here: https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz/commissions/

Annika and Tony  Testimonial Beeswax Commission

How to commission a painting you’ll love

Thanks for watching and reading. I hope you enjoyed the insight into my creative process. To discuss the possibility of a commission, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an obligation-free discussion. I share more about the commission process here: https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz/commissions/ including a few questions to help guide your decisions




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How to commission a painting

Landscapes of my mind

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Skyfall Art Exhibition opens this weekend

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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