About The Artist
As a 49 year old male of Maori and European descent, father of 2, a son, brother and uncle, I have been inspired by the love and support of my family and my life experience. Raised on a dairy farm and living next to the Waipa river gave me an affinity with the land and nature. I moved into the dairy industry as a stainless steel welder building dairy factories for cheese, butter and milk powder in both New Zealand and Australia. As I worked with stainless I could see possible images and forms that could be developed into sculptures and my creative urges grew over time to where it is today.
A stint as a tourism owner operator with Wiseway Canoe Adventures on both the Mokau and Waikato rivers gave me more inspiration as it fed my desire to get closer to nature and particularly to the river. The Waikato River has a major impact on the lives of every individual as water is a necessity of life. I have a desire to create images that reflect the beauty of nature and the river. I am a recovering alcoholic who has been in sobriety for 13 years. I have been through many trials and tribulations and at times it has been fraught with difficulty.
Stainless steel is a difficult material to work with and at times it can be unyielding and unforgiving. In my pursuit to develop sculptures that touch the lives of others, working with stainless steel has been a journey of self discovery. It is reminiscent of the ebb and flow of life which can also be unyielding and unforgiving as we struggle to come to terms with the difficulties that one experiences along life’s pathway.
Despite the difficulties associated with overcoming life’s challenges, there is beauty at the end of the journey if you have passion, persistence and perseverance. My sculptures allow me to participate fully in life and to share the beauty of nature in a medium not well known to people.
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa
Naku noa na
“He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.” (“What is the most important thing in life, it is people, it is people, it is people.”)