On leaving art school I worked as a designer of interior and exterior environments and one-off and bespoke furniture. I also worked extensively in colour consultation and as a decorative artist creating paint finishes for all manner of surfaces and applications, interior and exterior.
Once I started a family and I was able to begin to develop my own arts practice, I was primarily a painter.The skills and passion I had developed working with colour, informed, in many ways, the way I worked, and still does.
My practice began taking a new direction when I taught art in secondary schools and I was required to teach printmaking. Although printmaking had always held a magical allure for me I hadn’t had the opportunity to pursue it since a short spell in my first year at art school. Creating exemplars and teaching students was ample motivation to delve further into the world of printmaking.
Through attending workshops, connecting with like-minded people and working consistently at my arts practice, I aim to grow and find my own voice as an artist. I find that, as my skills and confidence grows, I am more able to work across disciplines and in a variety of media, always hungry to learn more and to try new things.
Having the opportunity to share my progress, my successes and failures, with an interested audience, helps to keep me focused and grounded while the process of writing about and presenting my thoughts in a coherent and legible manner helps to give my work purpose and direction.
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I am a current member of and the Auckland/ Northland rep for
PCANZ (Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand
PCANZ is a member run, national, non-profit organisation
that promotes contemporary fine art printmaking.
Through workshops, exhibitions, collaborations and exchanges
between members and national and international associations,
we foster a greater appreciation of printmaking
amongst our members and the wider community.
I am also a current member of
Studio Printmakers Collective.
We are an independent, not-for-profit printmaking collective
run by practicing printmakers and artists since 1990.
We aim to provide a studio where printmakers can not only work
but also gather to exchange ideas, hold workshops,
organise exhibitions and meet visiting local
and international printmakers and tutors.