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My art examines themes of exploration, history and leadership - capturing stories through layers of texture, colour, words, and mixed media on canvas.


I also draw inspiration from nature and the influence of time imprinting new layers over old - challenging the viewer to consider the stories within. And perhaps not surprisingly, there is strong influence from the sea, as I live at the edge of Wellington harbour.

I have been recognised as a finalist in the World of WearableArt Awards Show eleven times and in 2018 was awarded third place in the Aotearoa section. Pieces have included poems by acclaimed poets Sam Hunt and Allen Curnow.

My favourite medium is acrylic on canvas. It gives me an unparalleled range of texture, colour and manipulation which allows me to construct and build the visual language for each piece.

It also makes the paintings robust and able to withstand not only the construction, but deconstruction of layers - an equally important part of my process.


2023  Beyond Endurance, Te Auaha Gallery

2022  Craigs' Aspiring Art Prize

2016  NZ Art Show


2018  World of WearableArt Awards,

           Aotearoa Section, Third

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