Lizzie Snow, 21, attended ACG Senior College until 2014. Since leaving school, she has become a successful visual artist with more than 100,000 social media followers and high-profile collaborations with companies including lululemon, TopShop, and Peugeot.
Recently, she designed a limited edition shirt for 3WiseMen in aid of the Cameron Wilson Trust, which supports children with cancer. She credits her school with helping young people to be successful ‘without fitting the mold’.
How would you describe your artwork?
I create fractal-inspired artwork; both free-flowing works and also structured works through the symmetrical, scaled characteristics of a mandala. A mandala is the shape of our earth, snowflakes, flowers, galaxies and every atom that exists. I am fascinated in creating my own patterns, inspired by those in our natural world.
I started drawing mandalas before I even know what they were. Through travelling and studying I found that almost all cultures create circular, symmetrical patterns. It is a universal art style inspired by our environment. I am excited to be an artist within our contemporary context, inspired by ancient philosophies, flora and fauna but also engaging with the Internet and other modern technologies.
What are your aspirations for the future?
My overall goal is to be able to live somewhere green and beautiful and paint for the rest of my life. Within that lifestyle, I’d love to paint murals and have exhibitions all over the world, keep meeting and collaborating with amazing people and businesses, and continue to support charities that I’m passionate about.
Can you tell us about your recent charity venture?
I am always keen to engage with and contribute to charities and non-profit organisations. I have worked with YouthLine, InsideOut, Shakti Wellington Women’s Refuge and recently the Cameron Wilson Trust through 3WiseMen.
3WiseMen is a New Zealand men’s clothing brand that supports the Cameron Wilson Trust with a limited edition shirt each year. Cameron Wilson was a family friend. He was also one of the 170 Kiwi children that are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cam’s spirit lives on in the Trust under his name, run by his incredible family.
3WiseMen has raised over $60,000 for the Trust so far and 100% of all money is distributed to these families.
How many hours do you spend on your artworks each week?
I paint and draw everyday – at my studio alongside some of New Zealand’s top creatives, at home with my flatmates who are artists, and also at university through my Master of Fine Arts degree. It’s such a fascinating world to be in – every day I am excited and challenged, I love it. It’s my fulltime career, and once I’m finished studying I’m excited to be able to paint and create even more!
What advice would you have for other students who would like to pursue careers as artists?
Being an artist means carving your own path. It includes a lot of hard work, persistence and patience. If you want to be an artist; start now, create everyday, surround yourself with like-minded people, set goals and fall in love with the process.
How has ACG Senior College influenced your journey?
It gifted me independence and autonomy, alongside a brilliant academic and creative education. It taught me how to be self-sufficiently productive, efficient and multi-skilled. The school allows young people to be successful without necessarily ‘fitting the mold’.
The teachers, students and environment at Senior exposed me to ideas and ways of thinking that enabled me to have the confidence in carving my own path to pursue my creative career.