Having an awareness of the natural world has always been important to me. As a teenager I could stand at the beach fir ab unlimited amount of time admiring the changeability of the colours, the shapes in the waves and clouds and the feeling of depth as I gazed out at the horizon.
It's only recently that I have found my Turangawaewae (my place to stand).
At first I mostly painted landscapes from life but soon started to tell the stories of the area through my artwork. My style took a huge leap after an incredible sea kayak journey up the coast of the Coromandel, out to Great Barrier Island then up the the East Coast of Northland to Houhora with my partner Tyrell.
This series about our adventure was my first exhibition and a total success but more importantly I had found my Turangawaewae. I had discovered how to combine my passion for painting with my journeys in the outdoors and make them my world.