I’ve been creating art and sculptures my entire life.
I was born in Wellington and before moving to the Wairarapa in 2000 attended Art school in Island Bay.
Struggling with art as a profession, I decided to qualify as a plumber gasfitter, giving me skills that are now invaluable in making a small home foundry and in designing and constructing armature and creations.
Wanting to improve my skills and follow my passion I applied and got accepted into the New York academy of Art. This was a big accomplishment as it’s probably the hardest Art school in the world to get into! I desperately tried to get funding, loans, grants etc, but alas couldn’t foot the fees and expenses! That was a real blow to my dreams, but I kept working and saving and few years later applied to Florence Academy of Art /Italy where I ended up studying two years, followed by a term in Barcelona Academy. Both are excellent schools that focus on the old master’s method of realist sculpture. I’ve been lucky enough to have meet and been influenced by some incredible artists during that time and believe I still haven’t cultivated all I’ve learned.
I’m in the process of talking to council about a life size bronze memorial, the dream of an Art career is looking bright. I’m very relentless with myself and my chosen career and I will continue to grow as the years unfold!
I feel it’s a huge privilege to be able to create and I absolutely believe it’s an important part of very day life and the society in which we live!