Founded in 2002 by Tina Drayton, Studio 86 became her place to paint and sell her own artwork and others creations.
It started on a ‘whim’ whilst passing through Wanganui to visit a friend, with a car full of paintings after seeing a shop in the CBD, she decided to ‘throw’ a few paintings on the walls! (just for a month)…the month turned into 7 1/2 years of successful retail experience.
Studio 86 is now an on-line shop only, after closing the store in 2010 after the arrival of Tina’s first child Alexandra.
Since beginning this venture, Studio 86 not only has original colourful paintings, but a product range of prints/cards/magnets/tea-towels/coasters and place-mats and kids tees and hoodies. there is also a great range of outdoor art.
Studio 86 now does certain markets and has broken out into pop up shops, and also the annual event in Wanganui called “Open Studios”. All of these events are updated on her Studio 86 Facebook page.
About Tina Drayton
I was born in Rangataua, a small village 5km from the ski and carrot town of Ohakune. Growing up on the family farm, my childhood was rich with the outdoors and hard-work, skiing and gymnastics. As a child I always had a deep interest in Art and would lock myself away for hours drawing. It has always given me a type of calm.
As a young adult I spent most of my time doing back to back winters as a ski patroller, which gave me the bug to see more of the world, and maybe a bit more summer! I have traveled to many countries, my favourite being Africa. The art there is vibrant and colourful and the whole place changed me, hard to explain in a short blurb!
When coming back to NZ I struggled to feel settled, until I came across Wanganui. I always felt like Wanganui ‘happened’ to me and was were I found my place in the World to do the things that I wanted to do. I now live by the beach with my partner Chris and children Alexandra and Maximus the dog Griff and cat Bert.