The process of collecting then painting from New Zealand’s pictorial history enables me to reconstruct stories, blending time and place from differing viewpoints. The Queens 1950's tour, baches, apple stalls, early settlers, workers and soldiers inhabit spaces together in pacific seas. The everyday life resides alongside people of social and political importance. I filter through my own family's stories from the early European settlers through to today.


Personal Background

I have been teaching Art and Design at Nayland College, Nelson, NZ for the past 13 years. Before I started teaching I volunteered at the Nelson Provincial Museum photographic unit when it was in Isel Park. Handling beautiful glass photographic plates of our local ancestors, often without names, sparked an interest for me to include their lives in my paintings.  




2017   Atelier Vis-à-Vis Production Marseille - France

2014    Group exhibition / Red Gallery, Nelson, NZ

2013    After Hours / Reflections Gallery, Nelson

2012    Group exhibition / Red Gallery, Nelson

2007    Coolstore Gallery/ Mapua, Nelson

2006    Red Gallery, group exhibition.

           Mural commission -Nayland College, Nelson

2004   Arts of NZ Exhibition, Nayland College, Nelson

2003   Start Gallery Wellington group show

2002   Arts of NZ Exhibition, Nayland College

2000   Selected Norsewear Art Awards, Hawkes Bay, NZ

1998   Selected Norsewear Art Awards, Hawkes Bay, NZ

           Highlights Suter Art Gallery Nelson.

           Theatre design / Commission to create a backdrop for the bi-cultural

           Musical production “Taku Wana”

1997   Havelock Art Gallery, Havelock, Marlborough Sounds, NZ

           Inside Out Graduate Exhibition Suter Art Gallery, Nelson



1965   Born Nelson, New Zealand.

1997   Diploma Visual Arts Nelson Polytechnic

1999   Graduate Diploma Teaching (Secondary), Christchurch College of Education


Inspiration  My family