Its not all about brushstrokes

Winter is a great time for the housekeeping chores of art – cataloguing, re organising space, sketching and planning.That’s what May and June 2022 is about for me. When you purchase my art, you can either collect it in person or have it delivered direct to you by local art packing specialists. They send work world wide. Contact me on

Creativity & Recovery

It is a great privilege to live in New Zealand in 2020. Spring’s creative energies abound. We are reassessing  this website in the coming weeks. Any feedback you’d like to offer would be appreciated. Art on the site is for sale – email or phone if you’d like a piece for your walls – we use a specialist art packing and courier service. 



What’s Up

From a Whisper to a Sigh
Between a Whisper & a Sigh. encaustic on board, unframed

Early August 2019. Outside daffodils are unfurling and lambs frolicking. It’s warm in the studio where trays of onion seedlings sit on a heat plate alongside my easel and an electric fry pan of hot wax. It’s been busier in the garden this month than the studio as we approach an audit for certification as fully fledged members of Organic Farms NZ. But, as always in spring, creative juices stir.

Keep an eye out for new works on this site and news of an upcoming exhibition in Napier in October where the emphasis will be on three dimensional and small.

Regards Mark – email anytime

What’s Up?

My Kiwitea Art Studio looks onto orchard blossom and outside seedlings are ready for transfer into the garden beds of our organically certified property.

Labour Weekend is a New Zealand holiday with paid workers gifted Monday off but here the days merge.

Two new wax works are complete. Oroua Valley Grid was barely cold before it found a new home! Northern Manawatu has a distinctive palette  – greens, brown, charcoal gold and beautiful blues.

Resting on the easel is a much brighter wax reminiscence of French market days – not a straight line in sight!  Meanwhile work on ‘Ngahere’ – a large installation piece – is continuing. This week that involved sourcing native flax and researching techniques for rope making.

 Email me anytime! Regards Mark

Encaustic Art

Examples of encaustic painting are known to date back 2000 years.

It is one of the oldest forms of art and uses pigment in a beeswax and resin base. The resin raises the melting temperature of the paint and hardens it and ensures it resists dust.

Encaustic medium is a beeswax and resin base without  pigment and is used to make colour transparent, and give  optical depth.

Hot wax painting is another way of describing this form of art making. It  involves using heated medium to which coloured raw pigments are added. The hot liquid is then applied to a prepared wooden board.

Metal tools and brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Mark prefers to work with a heat gun, and to layer his works over time.

The wax surface of an encaustic painting is a protective finish – nothing needs to be added to preserve the paintings; they will not deteriorate, or discolour.

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Purchased Art Work

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Resale & Protecting Your Art Investment  

Purchasers are requested to offer the artist, his agents and/or his estate first right of refusal if and when they wish to sell or dispose of M H Tisdall works. This is in no way binding on purchasers. It is however in their best interests because it helps protect purchaser’s art investment.

Purchasers may by agreement negotiate the return of works to the artist (if they are in good condition) as part or full trades on newer works. Any purchaser may register an interest with the artist in an already sold work, and the artist will notify the owner of that work that there is a resale purchaser for the work.

Terms and Conditions

 Art works loaned for viewing purposes.

Artworks may be viewed in situ by prospective buyers. All loaned work is insured by the artist.

Prospective buyers agree to take all reasonable care to protect the artist’s property during this time.

This includes, but is not limited to, adequate security of the prospective buyer’s property, the presence of operating smoke alarms in the property, and agreement not to place paintings/art work in situations likely to damage them.