ABOUT

WE THINK WE RECEIVE EVERYTHING AS IT IS, WHEN IN FACT WE ARE ACTIVELY PART OF CREATING THE REALITY IN WHICH WE LIVE. BUT WE ARE VERY MUCH UNAWARE OF DOING SO.
— James Turrell

artist statement

I describe my work as playing with shadows. The images hover between abstract and representational, creating a sense of the uncanny.

What interests me is the physical sensations we experience when we see something familiar but strange. My hope is it leads the viewer to wonder about the body’s role in the act of looking and the subjective nature of vision.

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bio

Despite my keen interest in art at school, I ended up with a career in the hospitality industry, more by accident than design. Working in restaurants gave me the opportunity to travel widely. Once back in New Zealand I lived in Auckland, where I met my husband. In 1992 we established a successful baking enterprise. Early retirement and moving back to my home town in 2006 gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. I enrolled in a four year degree course in Visual Art & Design at EIT, graduating as Top Research Student in 2014. Since then I have exhibited in New Zealand and abroad.In 2017 we set up Muse, a contemporary art gallery in Havelock North. Currently my time is divided between running the gallery and working in my studio.

AWARDS & PRIZES

2019 Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Awards

2019 Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize

2016 Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards

2015 Finalist, National Contemporary Art Awards

2014 Top Research Student, EIT Ideaschool

EXHIBITIONS

2019 Parkin Drawing Prize Group Show NZ Fine Arts Society Wellington

2018 Macadam Gallery Brussels, Belgium

2018 IIDE International Interior Design Exhibition Brussels, Belgium

2017 Hawkes Bay Review Selected 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 Selected Group show, Hastings City Art Gallery, 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

WORK HISTORY

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

EDUCATION

2010 - 2014 Degree in Visual Art & Design Ideaschool (EIT)

2002 - 2004 Nanette Cameron Interior Design Course at Te Tuhi

2001 - 2002 Mathew Browne Art Classes, Art Station

1979 – 1982 BA in History at Canterbury University