I grew up in the Bay of Islands. My first artistic influence was my High School teacher, Mr Selwyn Wilson, who introduced me to printmaking showing me how to make a plate from bamboo husks, around the same time I attended several painting workshops with Yvonne Rust.
From these two, a love of all artistic possibilities was opened, and I continued my artistic pursuits at the National Art School in Sydney for 3 years majoring in Printmaking. I then did a post grad year also at the NAs in Lithography. After that I spent some time travelling the world.
Upon returning to New Zealand I worked as a backdrop Artist for Opera and theatre in Auckland for several years. I then returned to the Bay of Islands, where on and off I have been involved with various exhibitions.
During this time I also did some pottery at Northtec, and some art studies and a conceptual art paper. Currently I am tutoring after school art classes for children.
I have not exhibited in a few years and am currently working with hand painted prints and monoprints. I am working on a series which explores these islands we live on and the textural qualities of our environment. This includes nature as well as some more abstract concepts and pieces.
I enjoy the art of mark-making and where each new mark leads, its possibilities, its definitions and its ambiguities. I am inspired by nature and all other forms of art and creative exploration.