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...
pt 3…The Ascent

pt 3…The Ascent

  As we set off the only sounds are the crunch crunch of boots and poles on the gravel path. Whilst the sun is over the hills beyond, there is still a few remnants of whispy clouds hanging around in the folds of the mountains and foothills. The path snakes off in...