I am a Wellington based Scottish/Kiwi painter and art tutor. I began painting seriously 17 years ago, moving from a background in psychology, social work and management training to art, coinciding with my move to New Zealand.
Over this time, I gained an Advanced Diploma in Art and Creativity and certification from the USA based GOLDEN Artist Colors to work as a GOLDEN Artist Educator. I currently run the popular Artist Sessions twice a week from my Khandallah studio, and work as a tutor at Pablos Art Studios in Wellington. In addition, I do acrylic paint and product presentations for clubs, groups and organisations around NZ. My teaching and painting methods have been featured on NZTV and art magazines, and images of my work illustrate a recent series of nine NZ Law text books. I have exhibited widely in New Zealand and my paintings are held in collections around the world.
The materiality of paint is at the heart of my work. This has resulted in four very different processes which dominate my creativity. The earlier works are asemic paintings using a subtractive technique (‘text’ paintings) and works that use bands of acrylic skins for knotting and weaving (‘drag’ paintings). More recently, I have used acrylic skins in eggshell inlay work (inspired by traditional Vietnamese lacquer paintings) and have also developed some innovative ways of painting with acrylic on yupo paper.