As a 50 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.
I am a recovering alcoholic who has been in sobriety for 16 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.
Exhibitions and Awards
Exhibition at Artsport Gallery Waikato Museum, Feb 2014
Exhibition at Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, June 2014
Waikato River Art Awards, Winner of the Waikato-Tainui Award, June 2014
Exhibition at Aratoi Gallery and Museum Masterton, Oct 2015
Exhibition at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Porirua Campus, Nov 2015 – July 2016
Auckland Home Show 2016
Waikato Home Show 2017
Wellington Home and Interior 2017
World of Wearable Art Finalist Wellington 2017
Exhibition Porcelain Lounge Wellington 2017
Exhibition Nelson Wearable Art Museum 2018
Waikato Mystery Creek Feildays 2018
Sculpture on the Shore Fort Takapuna 2018
Cherry Blossom Art Salon Flatbush 2018
Waikato Home & Garden Show 2018
Auckland Flower & Garden Show 2018