What inspires your art practice?
Everything or anything can and does inspire a creative energy. Forms found in nature have been a large influence on some of my design work, also the balance between my dual heritage. Being half Maori and half European has allowed me to explore both sides of my upbringing and develop both traditional and contemporary works.
What materials do you work in?
I work mainly in stone ranging from the hard stones of marble, andesite and granite to soft stones and timber with a preference for native timber.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Working within the brief of supporting NZ Women’s Refuge all of my works have been designed with the concept of our New Zealand women’s population - both Maori and European - having suffered duress.
I want to express in some way through my sculpture the personal tensions these ladies have felt. Hopefully my work will convey that message.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
I exhibit and attend many symposiums both locally and nationally, winning the 2016 Rotorua competition. Many of my public works can be found in Rotorua and I am held in private collections both here and abroad. My work can be viewed at my home gallery and 4.5-acre sculpture gallery in Rotorua.