- Acrylic painting
- Mixed Media
- Visual Arts
- Visual arts education
I live on the beach front at Mt Maunganui.
Throughout the year, I can breakfast on the patio and see the rising sun, swim, sunbathe, read and stroll on the beach. I work in an enclosed section of the deck at an easel.
I enjoy playing my electronic pianos, making up songs, some of which Joanne, my wife used as sound tracks for videos that she made. Over the years Joanne and I travelled to many countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Although I painted images based on these travels, my paintings tend to centre about those things that occupy my interest here: NZ coast, tracks around Mauao, “The Mount” with its rock-pools and its Pohutukawa trees that burst into brilliant red flowers in summer, beach and seascapes, sunbathers, nudes, café scenes, musicians and the inner harbour which provides good sailing conditions for the world’s best yachtsmen.
My interpretations are usually colourful, reflecting the summery holiday atmosphere that imbues the area. I believe that when you create a painting you are not trying to copy what is already there but are creating a new reality.
I also create quite a number of abstract works.
I trained as a teacher in Wellington specialising in Art & Craft and Physical Education before teaching in various schools throughout Hawke’s Bay (and Taihape) as a general Primary Teacher and finally art teacher for Taradale Intermediate School. I moved from there to take up a position as Art Adviser in Tauranga where I remained, becoming District Adviser for the University of Waikato. Being responsible for developing and providing courses for school art & design programmes I worked alongside teachers and wrote support material. I was involved in Art Curriculum development and in an advisory capacity for the National Educational Monitoring Programme.
I produced a number of publications and presented papers and workshops at international conferences and acted as NZ guest judge for an International Children’s Art Exhibition in China.
In 1999 I decided to leave this job and have worked as a professional artist until the present time. I still tutor or mentor a few art courses for adults and enjoy working on commissioned pieces.