Born in Gisborne NZ (Ngati Porou desendant) my passion for art started from shopping trips with my aunty when she would buy me colouring in books. My talent was recognised by intermediate where I was selected to be in a special art class. By the time I got to high school sport had become my main passion in particular rugby union, although I did past School C art. After leaving high school I moved south to Wainuiomata
I am now a long time resident of Wainuiomata. I have represented both Wainuiomata and Petone in rugby league winning 4 grand finals. My art has been a passion all my life yet also remains mainly hidden. Now is the time to let people see what I have created on my journey. I have been very lucky that I work with my passion and have spent the last 20yrs as an art tutor at Mix working with mental health participants (tangata whaiora people seeking wellness)
I works with many medias such as oil, acrylics, collage using items found while beach combing. I taught himself to bone carve and has also tried my hand at wood and stone carving.
I paint everything from portraits to animals, landscape to kowhaiwhai. I will take on the masters from time to time and try my hand at Goldie or Lindauer or as I would say to challenge myself.
I am now having my first solo exhibition – “Out in the Open”
All work will be for sale with some prints available in a range of sizes.