I was born in New Zealand in 1955 and
spent most of my childhood in Mana, Wellington, but moved
around with my family to Pahiatua and finally we settled in
Palmerston North. As far as I can remember I have always had a
love for colours and can always remember scribbling and
doodling on the back of my school books.
I was lucky to be able to do a career
as an Auto Re-finisher which meant I worked with colours every
day. In my youth I airbrushed paintings of flames, skulls,
snakes and dragons on vehicles.
Also painting pictures on
boards and even two large ones on 4 x 8 plywood boards, these
were mostly for my family and friends.
In my mid twenties my art was shelved
for other activities such as scuba diving were I enjoyed the
colour from the underwater world. Many years down the track
after moving to Taupo, I started painting glass splash backs
(painted glass for kitchen walls). This inspired me to put
colour on canvas and glass.
My art can start in many forms, from a
sing title, photo, and real life or just from my head. From
this idea I stand and steer at a canvas for hours, work out
the colours I need to start mapping out the painting. By using
different spray technics I shape my art. Sometimes it ends
close to my original thoughts or sometimes it takes a journey
of its own. I paint with automotive acrylic basecoat and then
cover this with automotive 2 pack Clearcoat, of which is used
on the modern vehicles. I fine that the pearls and metallic's
make the lights dance off my artwork and brings them to
By posting my work on a worldwide
webpage called “Airbreak.com” I have been inspired by other
artist comments on my work and their work.
My art which started in a private
place has now opened up into a public forum after meeting
another artist I was encouraged to display my work for sale in
the galleries. I now sell in many galleries in the North
Also I have been selling my work in Auckland's “The
Original Art Sale” each year.
The Barbed Wire Gallery,
Art Studio, MATAMATA