New Zealand’s coastline is my primary source of inspiration. As a child, I spent my summers sailing along the coast of Northland and the Hauraki Gulf. The many islands, pristine beaches, rugged bluffs and native forests were a mystery to me. It was exciting and overwhelming, and my imagination was set loose.
Being exposed to nature has had a profound effect on me. The creatures that I design are manifestations of the feelings I have about the natural world. My work is comprised of these experiences that give me an innate sense of the sublime.
The paintings you see here are inspired by a skeletal leaf discovered on Great Barrier Island and the skull of a seal found near Piha. These found objects, with their primal qualities, inspired mystery and awe. Art allows me to experiment with expressing and defining these ideas. They are a way of acknowledging my surroundings, taking a fresh perspective and keeping the mystery alive.