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A b o u t   m y   w o r k  . . . 



New Zealands land, sea and sky is the focus for my paintings.

Many of these landscapes have been centered around childhood memories growing up in the Otago region, the place I call home.

I am inspired by the Psalmist wellspring of poetic songs about the earth being stretched out like fabric, with patterns and folds like a garment, references to a Omnipotent Creator as the master craftsman and designer.  Also referencing to the earth pouring forth speech day and night.

I am fascinated with the idea of Earth being clothed and how when we rise above it, the earth shows its velvet like features in the differing light throughout the day, I enjoy painting strokes of color, highlights and shadow in layers like a weaving, creating my own land tapestry.

The land displays it’s splendor, it calls for our response. My work is all about the beauty I see every day and my response to it.

Thanks be to Him, who has strewn these treasures of form and color throughout the earth, to gladden my heart and cheer my sight.

S o l o   E x h i  b i t i o n s

2020     Gallery De novo                         - Clouds

2016     Gallery De novo                         - OVERVIEW

2014     Gallery De novo     -                   - Fabric Earth     

2012     Gallery De novo    -                    - Land fabric 

2011     Dunedin international Airport     - Artist in the terminal ; recent works

2008     The Artist Room    -                    - Identity

2007     Peter Rae Gallery   -                 - The Folded Land

2005     Rosslyn Gallery     -                  - Fabricated Landscapes

2003     Rosslyn Gallery     -                  - 23rd Psalm, landscape series

2002     Rosslyn Gallery     -                  - Continuous land series

2000     Rosslyn Gallery     -                  - Mortal Man, acrylics

1995     Moray Gallery       -                  - Women and Children, pastels on paper

1990     Rosslyn Gallery     -                  - Pencil drawings


G r o u p   E x h i b i t i o n s  and  A w a r d s

2011    First Place   -                            - Otago Art Society Annual Exhibition  

2009    The Artist Room  -                    - group of three

2008    The Artist Room  -                    - group

2006     Peter Rae Gallery -                   - Silent Speech

2004     Peter Rae Gallery -                   - “Beyond” Where Christianity & contemporary art meet

1992     Dunedin Public Art Gallery -     - The Wind in the Fences, Artist respond to James K Baxter

2002     Bellamy's Gallery -                    - Five Women Artists

1996     Winner  -                                  - Telecom Art Awards

1994     Otago Art Society  -                  - Annual Art Awards, Peoples Choice winner

1993     Otago Art Society  -                  - Spring show, pastels

1992     Otago Art Society   -                 - Group Exhibition, Hang Five


W o r k s  in  P u b l i c   C o l l e c t i o n

Wellington Public Library  

Dunedin City Council

Auckland Dental School

Dunedin International Airport

Knox College, Dunedin

Mercy Hospital, Dunedin

Hope & Sons Funeral Directors