Graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts, majoring in painting, where I was able to explore the themes which have always dominated my practice – that of the relationship between the physical world and the metaphysical. My practice is informed by the natural sciences, palaeontology, mythology, history and music. I describe myself as a’ paper person’, for although I work in oils and acrylics on canvas, most of my work has been executed on paper. I also work in aquarelle pencils, watercolour, gouache, graphite pencil, and ink.
A major component of my art practice has always been illustration/cartooning, and commissions for portraits. I began life as a primary school teacher, where art and music was squeezed into every conceivable corner of the curriculum, my emphasis being on encouraging children to express their originality through observation and experimentation. The best part of my day seems, when looking back, to have consisted of a lot of drawing, and that was just me making use of my illustration skills. After leaving the classroom, and several years as a graphic artist, I returned to teaching as an itinerant music teacher, teaching flute, keyboard and recorder. I currently teach flute at Belmont Music Centre. As an art teacher my philosophy has not changed. I still encourage my students to be as passionate about art as I am, and to develop their skills through observation and exploration.