BORN IN 1966, I was raised in Otaki, a small town of just 5000 people located 70km north of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. I spent the first 18 years of my life there and during this time observed the world change and the pace of life accelerate dramatically—but Otaki pretty much remained unchanged as if time had stood still.
As with most small towns, everybody knew each other and, in many ways, it was an idyllic life. When I headed off to study art and design, it called for a change from country living to city life. Despite my enthusiasm for this newfound environment, I hung onto the precious memories of the things and places I’d left behind. In many ways, you can still find much of the country pace of life in my paintings.
After graduating from the Wellington School of Design in the early ’90s, I spent the next 15 years working on commissioned paintings for companies and private individuals around the world, including Bank of America, Penguin Books NY, The Wall St Journal and Time Inc.
I now paint full-time, supplying galleries my version of everyday life as I see it. My paintings are held in private collections in England, Ireland, North America, Australia and my home country, New Zealand.