Beneath the Surface – Maori myth

Beneath the Surface – Maori myth

This is a series of two paintings I did in Rotorua during the 2019/2020 Summer Artist Residency Open Studios project. During the residency I took workshop participants walking on this path near the Blue Lake to experience the environment and hear the stories. The...
Beneath the Surface – geology

Beneath the Surface – geology

This is a series of five paintings I did in Rotorua during the 2019/2020 Summer Artist Residency. Just prior to my residency Whakaari erupted just off the Bay of Plenty coast with devastating consequences. My first painting is: Calling in the Fire. Calling in the Fire...
pt 5: Black Skiing; The descent

pt 5: Black Skiing; The descent

Under-lying the euphoria of the summit is the growing realisation that the uphill may have been the easy part. The downhill is no fun-park ride either.  Whilst beautiful, it is too exposed and cold to linger long at the summit and almost immediately we commence the...
Beneath the Surface – cultural Identity

Beneath the Surface – cultural Identity

Continuing the series of paintings I completed in Rotorua at the Artists residency. This is a series of two works in the iconic Rotorua Government Gardens showing the influences on the area. In the first painting I focus on the colonial times dating back to the early...
pt 4 …The Summit

pt 4 …The Summit

On the long uphill grind, I also notice that our distance markers are also slowing down considerably. We realise we have been 2-3 hours walking and have only covered 7 kilometres. It’s really tough going and then finally when it seems we are resigned to the uphill...