Kia Ora, Hello…
Thanks for showing an interest in my work.
I grew up in the bush… Titirangi West Auckland, New Zealand.
I found out from a very early age that what I loved to do best was draw pictures or play music… Roaming the dense bush, exploring the West Coast beaches of Kare Kare, Piha,
and the rest of the Waitakere Ranges started me on my journey.
I always wanted to be an artist and have now made my living from art for over 40 years.
I have no formal training but in the 1970′s started my career by working in a design studio in Auckland as a Commercial Artist. Since those early days, I have travelled extensively, and made my living from art along the way.
In 1988 I moved North to Whangarei Heads, and now live on 5 acres at Sandy Bay, Tutukaka Coast with my long time partner Fiona McClurg.
A West Coaster living on the East Coast…
The aim of my art is not only to portray the beauty that surrounds us, but also to draw strong attention to the fragility of our natural heritage. I am passionate about the Environment and am grateful to be able to use my art to help with a variety of causes.
Particularly, the fight to save the Ngunguru Sandspit from development. As you will see in my work, I love trees and try to portray them as the wonderful living treasures that they are. I am forever amazed at the beauty I see around me. This is the main influence on my art, my music, and my life.
Thank you for exploring my world and please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information.
I am also happy to discuss any commission work you may have in mind…
Auckland, New Zealand
Grew up in Titirangi West Auckland, attending Titirangi Primary School, Woodlands Park School, Glen Eden Intermediate then Kelston Boys High.
Trained as a Graphic Artist at Design Link Ltd. becoming head of Studio. Attended A.T.I. Print Course and studied Calligraphy and Packaging Design during this period.
Travelled throughout Sth. America before working in London and Ireland. Moved to Denmark and attended Copenhagen Intensive Language School attaining a Diploma in Danish Language. Furthered career working as a Graphic Designer for Laebo Tegnstue, Kobenhavn Denmark for two years.
Returned to New Zealand and became a freelance artist specializing in Illustration, Poster Design, Childrens Art and Calligraphy.
Moved to Northland in 1988 and now works from home studio at Sandy Bay, Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei District, New Zealand.
Along with Te Wahiri Hetaraka, designed the Whangarei District Council’s ‘Time Line Project’ located in the Town Centre. This involved the designing and overseeing the production of 110 contiguous bronze plaques that tell the history of the Whangarei District.
Now specializing in distinctively New Zealand Art featuring our rich heritage of flora and fauna, local landscapes, coastal and bush scenes.
Has exhibited in a number of group shows and 5 solo exhibitions.
With partner Fiona McClurg runs the Tutukaka Gallery, Oceans Resort, Marina Drive, Tutukaka, Whangarei. This is a Summer Season Gallery and is closed over the Winter. Opening late November.
Plays Ukulele, Guitar, Flute, Mandolin, Banjo. ( Jack of all trades – Master of none)
Still playing regular Gigs and recording new music.