>ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT
Moving to a rural property in North Auckland further cemented my passion for nature and conservation and has strongly influenced my creative pursuits.
My artworks express a direct emotional response to my subject and feature a strong narrative element. When painting I frequently work in an abstract style to express feelings through many layers and mark-making. Recognisable figurative motifs are often incorporated in addition to symbols of my own visual language which happens intuitively.
I work on a variety of hard substrates (sometimes recycled) as I enjoy the creative and ecological process of saving items from obscurity and reinterpreting them. Circular shapes are frequently used to reinforce themes addressed in my work. A combination of acrylic paint and collage materials also allows me to create pieces that explore elements of nature, surrealism and abstraction.
History, literature, film, music, memories, people and social constructs also inform my art. Essentially anything that piques my curiosity can be inspirational and my everyday life, interests and experiences are woven into my investigation and work.
I completed a BA in English and Sociology at the University of Auckland, followed by a MA (Hons) degree in Sociology and have worked in various occupations including social research, policy development and journalism. I also have extensive experience in the art industry and owned a Fine Art gallery in Auckland for eight years which represented a number of award winning New Zealand artists recognised for their talents in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics.
My works are stocked in several galleries in New Zealand and are held in national and international private collections in the United States, Singapore, England and Australia. I was a recent finalist in the 2016 Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award (Waikato).