I describe my work as playing with shadows... a process I developed allows me to create paintings that give the illusion of spatial depth. My work hovers between abstract and representational, creating a sense of the uncanny.
My interest is in the subjective nature of vision and the physical sensations we experience when we see something familiar but strange. This feeling of unease is a demonstration of the interconnectedness of the mind and body, something we are barely conscious of.
Growing up in Hawkes Bay, my dreams of becoming an artist were dealt a crushing blow when I wasn’t accepted to art school. Instead of re-applying, I put my creativity into food, becoming a self-taught pastry chef over the course of my three-year travels abroad.
Back in New Zealand, I worked in several Auckland restaurants before setting up Pandoro Bakery in Parnell. Along with my husband and brother, we grew the business, riding the ‘café wave' sweeping New Zealand in the 90's. Almost 10 years later, we sold the business, the new owners restraint of trade preventing any commercial baking for five years. Instead of being a negative, it gave me the opportunity to revisit my first love: art and design.
I began reacquainting myself with the art world, taking various art and interior design courses in Auckland, before moving back to Hawke’s Bay with our young family. In 2014 I completed a four-year degree course in Visual Art and Design at the Eastern Institute of Technology, winning an award for Top Research Student and an offer of representation from a local gallery. In March 2016, I opened a contemporary art gallery called "Muse" in Havelock North, allowing me to showcase my work and that of fellow artists. https://www.museart.nz/
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
2001 - Current // 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