Vashti completed a Diploma in painting 2001 at Aoraki polytechnic under the tuition of Paul van den Bergh.
Taking part in joint exhibitions during her studies followed by solo shows after graduation, Vashti was awarded the Premier award at ASA in 2018 by John Badcock.
‘I love how art has transformed people over the years, shifting us. Exploring the boundaries, inviting us in to experience more. Sometimes I have a feeling, a subject, or even some words to translate into a painting. Other times I begin and allow the painting and mark making to reveal itself. Always the painting gives more back. The process is a patient one. Time is spent observing from distances.’ – Vashti Johnstone