I was born in Hawkes Bay and spent most of my childhood in the secluded and stunning landscape of Ida Valley in Central Otago, New Zealand. Since very early on I developed a love of drawing. This was inspired by my mother who was an oil painter. My parents would often find me up late, sitting in the hallway tracing images from their collection of books. My fondness for horses, all varieties of animals and the natural world became a constant source of inspiration for artwork. At the age of ten I became a member of Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund and was developing an environmentalist stance on life.
Following high school I ventured north to study Psychology at Canterbury University. Alongside the study I continued to produce work, exhibiting in small local shows and completing various commission pieces for friends and family to top up my student income, or lack thereof. I began working in Mental Health where I shared my love of art through Interactive Drawing Therapy. I believe that "art is and always will be a profound means of universal communication and self-exploration".
Currently I am based on the stunning Otago Peninsula in Dunedin, New Zealand. I am an active member of the long-standing Otago Art Society. I have a growing number of works being purchased and held in private collections and feel like I am just getting started. I plan to work towards my first solo exhibition over the next year or so.
OAS 142nd Annual Exhibition
- Mollie & John Pledger Award
Hope & Sons Art Awards - Finalist
OAS Year of the Dog Exhibition
Gallery De Novo "A Round Christmas Exhibition"
Edinburgh Art Awards - Finalist
OAS 140th Anniversary Exhibition
Hops & Sons Art Awards - Finalist
Christchurch Art Show
- 2015 Christchurch Art Show Prize for Taut Art Canvas Products
Kaiapoi Art Expo
Kaiapoi Art Expo
- 1st Runner Up Peoples Choice Award
"Get Free", a small charcoal work produced on newsprint featured at Christchurch Art Show as part of the series "Life is a Rodeo". This work to me was representative of the real life struggle people face in a modern society, the battle to free oneself of conventional living and other constraints keeping us from pursuing things that bring authentic happiness and freedom.