A self-taught addict, working in a variety of media.
Born in the UK, moved to Africa and then New Zealand in my teens. I badly wanted to do art, but the family insisted on a ‘proper job’. Aaargh!
So I qualified and practised law in government for 14 years, tramping the high country on weekends and holidays – exhibiting and selling art as a sideline and always subconsciously trying to escape to the outdoors. The closest I got was a stint with the NZ Commission for the Environment and later CEO for NZ Deerstalkers’ Association.
My dad died prematurely. I moved home to the country on a 10 acre block with the house half-built. Not a hard decision to make, but it raised a bunch of challenges.
Art carried on. Later, when my mom began to suffer from Alzheimers, I abandoned a computer graphics business I’d started locally, so I could care for her. I kept in touch by working freelance on the net in graphics (mainly vector) and webdesign.. The Internet helped me survive a very difficult time.
Midway through 2010 I was asked to illustrate a book called Taketakerau The Millennium Tree , published early 2012. The brief was 36 full-page, gallery quality paintings (“none of that cartoon stuff”). The challenge was huge – I had never painted so much to so short a deadline before, and it wrecked my sleep patterns. The book has won 5 awards.
I’m now looking at moving back down south – the call of our National Park volcanoes on the Central North Island Plateau, always a favorite place. I plan to move down there within the next 12 months, God willing.