Canvas Magazine – A Taste of Kindness

Daron Parton and Jo Tronc were among six artists who recently created artworks to raise money for Auckland City Mission. Organised by NZ Herald’s Canvas Magazine, artists were given a theme of ‘summer foods and a taste of kindness’ to focus their work around.


Readers were able to purchase signed, limited edition prints of the works for $50 each, or enter a draw to win one of 6 signed, limited edition prints. Proceeds will help the Auckland City Mission to provide nourishing ingredients for a meal to feed a family of up to four.


Auckland City Mission was established in 1920, with a focus on helping those in need. That focus remains today, and Auckland City Mission remains one of the most significant providers of charitable aid in Auckland. The centre provides health care, crisis care, homeless and detoxification services, among other services.


Jo’s abstract summer fruits


Jo used both digital and traditional methods to create her artwork, starting with linework drawn by hand, which she then rendered and coloured digitally.

Her abstract painting features a delicious bowl of summer fruits using both solid and linear gradients, which give the work an almost 3D quality.


Daron’s essential ingredients for good


Daron drew on the idea of representing familiar ingredients with the kindness theme portrayed through the packaging.

The flour and butter have been re-labeled ‘love’ and ’empathy’. The four simple items, which include the mixing bowl and spoon, offer a thoughtful commentary on what we need as essential goods — especially in today’s turbulent times.


While the Taste of Kindness fundraiser has now finished, you can make a donation to Auckland City Mission here.



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