I describe my work as playing with shadows. A process I developed allows me to create paintings that give the illusion of spatial depth. The images hover between abstract and representational, creating a sense of the uncanny.
I am interested is in the physical sensations we experience when we see something familiar but strange. My work is about revealing the interconnectedness of the mind and body, making the invisible visible.
Born in Hastings, Hawkes Bay 1960, I came to art later in life. Unable to attend art school as a school leaver, instead, I put my creativity into working with food, forging a successful career in the hospitality and baking industries. Early retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of being an artist. I enrolled in a four year degree course in Visual Art & Design, graduating as Top Research Student. I have been a finalist in National Award shows including the Molly Morpeth and National Contemporary Art Awards and exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. In 2017 I set up Muse, a contemporary art gallery, where I curate and exhibit work by other artists as well as my own. I currently divide my time between running the gallery and working in my studio.
2017 // Obscurity Group Show, Studio 541 Auckland
2017 // Colour Sense Group Show, Muse
2017 // Shift Group Show, Muse
2016 // East Group show, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings
2016 // Mixing It Up Group show, CAN, Napier
2016 // Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane
2015 // New Perspectives Solo show, a+e Gallery, Napier
2015 // National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
2015 // Disequilibrium Solo show, a+e Gallery, Napier
2014 // Graduate Exhibition Group show, Ideaschool EIT Hawkes Bay
2014 // Unhinged Group show, Hastings Community Art Gallery, Hastings
2016 // Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards
2015 // Finalist, National Contemporary Art Awards
2014 // Top Research Student, EIT Ideaschool
2017 - Current // Artist and Gallerist
2001 - 2016 // Artist
1992 - 2001 // Established, owned and operated the award winning Pandoro Paneterria in Auckland and Wellington.
2010 - 2014 // Degree in Visual Art & Design Ideaschool (EIT)
2002 - 2004 // Nanette Cameron Interior Design Course at Te Tuhi
2001 - 2002 // Mathew Browne Art Appreciation & Painting Course at Art Station
1979 - 1982 // BA in History at Canterbury University