I am continually filtering visual clues, my paintings erupting somewhere on a continuum between figuration and abstraction. I battle with looking past the distraction of the obvious, re-interpreting life’s fleeting moments and turning them into something ambiguous, discombobulated and colourful.
Distilling experiences and sensations is at the heart of my practice. The work leads me to a certain place, usually reminiscent of territory. Paint mixed with cold wax medium with all its richness and materiality is my painting medium. My drawings are simply drawn with graphite.
I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015 and am currently studying towards my Masters of Fine Art at Elam, University of Auckland. My studio is based in Devonport, Auckland where I am represented by the Flagstaff Gallery. My work is held in private collections in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Awards and Competitions
2019 Estuary Art Awards finalist
2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday, finalist
2017 Waikato Printmaking and Painting awards, finalist
2016 Cliftons Art Prize, competition finalist, painting, Auckland
2016 Finalist, Parkin Drawing Award, New Zealand
2015 Cliftons Art Prize, competition finalist, painting, Auckland
2014 North City Plaza “unleashed” art competition finalist, painting, Porirua
2014 Pataka Friends Art Awards, finalist, Porirua
2013 Pataka Friends Art Awards, finalist, Porirua
2013 Cliftons Art Prize, competition finalist, painting, Auckland
2009 Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet – photo competition, finalist, Porirua
2008 East Arts Awards – winner “new artist” category, painting, Auckland
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 “Be Happy”, group exhibition at Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland
2018 “Inner Landscapes”, two person exhibition at Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland
2018 Flagstaff Gallery 25 year anniversary exhibition group show
2018 "Open call", Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville
2018 Opus international artist collective. Las Vegas Art Fair, United States
2017 "The Art of Bringing Together", Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland
2017 "The Art Room Extended", Depot Artspace, Auckland
2016 "The Other Side Of Being", October, Flagstaff Gallery
2015 Graduate Exhibition, Whitecliffe School of Art & Design, Auckland
2015 Whitecliffe, year 4 BFA “fast food”, Auckland
2014 Whitecliffe, Advanced Diploma Fine Arts “we are three”, Auckland
2014 Con-Fluent poetry-art collaboration, Porirua
2012 Artbourne, Eastbourne, Wellington
2012 Mana Art Society, Porirua
2011 NZ Academy of Fine Arts, “Art to go”, Wellington
2010 NZ Art Show, Wellington
2010 Artbourne, Eastbourne, Wellington
2009 Pataka, “Local colour red”, Porirua
2009 NZ Art Show, Wellington
2008 Thistle Hall, Wellington
2008 NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Summer exhibition, Wellington
Selected Individual Exhibitions
2019 The River Runs Deep, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland
2018 Inner Landscapes two-person show, Flagstaff, Auckland
2016 Leveraged, DepotArtspace, Auckland
2014 Emerging Light Gallery, Plimmerton, Porirua
2008 Gallery 1847 Pauatahanui “Essence”, Pauatahanui, Porirua
2017- Elam, Masters of Fine Arts candidate, University of Auckland
2015 Whitecliffe School of Art & Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Auckland
2014 Whitecliffe School of Art & Design, Advanced Diploma Fine Arts, Auckland
I am now teaching Introduction to Cold Wax Medium workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Wanganui.
Cold Wax Medium workshops - do you want to paint in layers with a fast-drying medium that allows you to paint, draw, carve and create textured surfaces? Cold wax medium (CWM) allows you to do all this and more. CWM is a versatile medium that, when mixed with paint or pigment can create vibrancy and patina, translucence and opacity in your paintings.
CWM is not encaustic wax so there is no need to use any heat-based method to make art with wax. CWM is chemically altered beeswax mixed with an organic solvent, combined with oil paints or dry pigments; it can also be used on its own, or mixed with particulates for textural applications. It dries hard.
Through these workshops we will explore techniques that create visual texture with a sense of depth, mood or meaning. You will develop multiple small works, applying various techniques using CWM to create either landscape or abstract paintings. CWM is fun, easy to use and suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. Artists can paint realistically or in abstract style depending on preference. If you are interested in getting a group of six or more together I will travel to your location to teach.