I describe my work as playing with shadows. A process I developed at art school 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.
The physical sensations we experience when we see something familiar but strange, demonstrates the interconnectedness of the mind and body. My work is about trying to make the invisible visible.
Born and raised in Hastings, I am very aware of the pockets of dangerous subcultures that exist in certain parts of our society. Violence was an everyday experience of my youth, fuelled by alcohol, drugs and gang culture. When I left as a teenager, I never imagined that I would be back here… willingly.
My work focuses on demonstrating that to a large extent, we create our own reality. We take so much of our world for granted, accepting the way things work as innate truths, when in actual fact they are social constructs. Seeing the illusions for what they are is the foundation of change and it’s open to anyone who wants to embrace it.
I came to art in my early 40’s, after a successful career in the food industry. I took various art and interior design courses in Auckland, before moving back to my home province of Hawke’s Bay in 2006 with my husband and two young daughters. 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 2017, with the help of my family, I opened Muse, a contemporary art gallery in Havelock North.I currently divide my time between running the gallery and working in my studio.
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