Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. --Leonardo da Vinci

 

I was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in the summer of 1968. My father was a Medical Laboratory Scientist and my mother a Nurse. I was the first born and have two brothers and a sister.

Though not formally trained in fine art, I have worked in the advertising industry, as a writer and creative director for over 20 years. And I have always created.

A lot of my work is conceptual and centred around identity -- spiritual, cultural and otherwise. I rarely start a painting without first having a concept and story to tell; each painting evolves from there.

For as long as I can remember I had a pencil in my hand. I loved sketching from an early age and would develop my own comic books, complete with stories. I then took art classes through my school years, finally progressing to Oils thanks to the encouragement and private tutelage of an esteemed artist based in Greytown, New Zealand.

Since then, I have been largely self-taught thanks to a ferocious appetite for art books and DVDs, and the Internet has some incredible resources for artists. The tools of my trade are professional grade artist oil paints and mediums, and I paint on canvas, linen and board with my growing collection of favourite brushes.

Whatever I paint, or approach I use, I try to capture the energy or essence of each subject I am painting; something rarely captured by photography. Although I love great photography.

I am fortunate to have sold many of my paintings, which are in private and investment collections throughout New Zealand and abroad. I was married to Marion for 22-years but am now widowed. I have a very artistic daughter, Grace, who is learning the advertising industry in our creative consultancy, as well as the world of art. We live in Aro Valley, Wellington, New Zealand with our dog, Paint. (I know!)

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