I describe my work as playing with shadows. The images hover between abstract and representational, creating a sense of the uncanny. I am interested in the physical sensations we experience when we see something familiar but strange. It brings into question the body’s role in the act of looking and the objective nature of vision.
I was born and grew up in Hastings, Hawkes Bay. Despite wanting to go to art school it wasn’t to be and I ended up with a career in the hospitality and baking industries. Early retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an artist when I enrolled in a four year degree course in Visual Art & Design at EIT. Since graduating as Top Research Student in 2014, I have exhibited in New Zealand and abroad, as well as been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards, National Contemporary Art Awards, and most recently, the Parkin Drawing Prize.
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.
2018 // IIDE International Interior Design Exhibition Brussels, Belgium
2017 // Hawkes Bay Review Group Show Napier, Hawkes Bay
2017 // Obscurity Group Show, Studio 541 Auckland
2017 // Colour Sense Group Show, Muse, Hawkes Bay
2017 // Shift Group Show, Muse, Hawkes Bay
2016 // East Group show, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings, Hawkes Bay
2016 // Mixing It Up Group show, CAN, Napier, Hawkes Bay
2016 // Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane
2015 // New Perspectives Solo show, a+e Gallery, Napier, Hawkes Bay
2015 // National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
2015 // Disequilibrium Solo show, a+e Gallery, Napier, Hawkes Bay
2014 // Graduate Exhibition Group show, Ideaschool EIT Hawkes Bay
2014 // Unhinged Group show, Hastings Community Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay
AWARDS & PRIZES
2019 // Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize
2016 // Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards
2015 // Finalist, National Contemporary Art Awards
2014 // Top Research Student, EIT Ideaschool
2017 - Current // Artist and Owner and Director, Muse Gallery Hawkes Bay
2001 - 2016 // Artist
1992 - 2001 // Established, owned and operated award winning bakery, 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