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A self-taught artist, working in a variety of media.

I was born in the UK and moved to New Zealand via Africa in my teens. I badly wanted to do art, but my family insisted on a ‘proper job’.

I qualified and practiced law in government, tramping the high country of Central NZ at weekends and holidays to keep my sanity – creating, exhibiting and selling art in my spare time. I was good at my job, but looking back, subconsciously I was always trying to escape.

My father died prematurely, and rather than sell our property, I moved ‘home’ to the country on a 10 acre block with the house half-built. Well, it was a disaster financially, but definitely character-building. Later my mom got Alzheimers and I cared for her for 10 years sole charge, building a graphic design freelance business on the net to keep in touch.. The Internet helped me to survive.

In 1999 my work won the Telecom Art Award for Northland and was the cover design for the Telecom Northland Phone Book 2000.

In 2010 I accepted a commission to illustrate a book – “Taketakerau The Millennium Tree” ( website at ) – published early 2012. It is the life story of a 2000 year old, much-venerated New Zealand Puriri tree (Vitex lucens) that for a time was used as a Maori burial place. In essence, it is also the story o9f New Zealand, so the scope offered in the 36 full-page illustrations was enormous. The book has since won 5 awards.


  • Joined: November 2009


Printmaking - Lithography

Like screenprinting and engraving, lithography now has a commercial application, though originally it was a fine arts process. Invented in 1798 by a Bavarian writer called Senefelder for book illustration, it used calcium carbonate based stone (hence lithography from the Greek lithos a stone) as the plate, and that is still the process used by fine artists today. The lithographic process has s…
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Printmaking - Screenprinting

Screenprinting doesn’t require a press. However, it DOES require a bit of equipment, which can be made by the handyman, and a certain amount of physical effort. Here is an edition of one of my own prints hanging up to dry in the studio I was setting up in Cambridge before plans changed and I moved up here: / The equipment consists of a stout board. to which the screen itself is hinged, us…
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Printmaking - Linocut

Linocut works on the same principle as Woodblock and Woodcut except that a sheet of linoleum is used to make the printing surface. The lino is often stuck onto a block of wood to make it easier to handle. / Lino is of course much softer and easier to cut than wood, and this makes the technique available for artists to be in control of the whole printmaking process – whereas with traditiona…
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Printmaking - Woodcut and Woodblock

Woodblock printing is an art form of East Asia where it has been used since at least 220 AD to print text and images. There are many beautiful woodblock prints from Japan – most notably from the great Japanese artist Hokusai whose famous “Great Wave off Kanagawa” is one of the best-known works of art in the world: / You can see from this picture that the artists and craftsmen s…
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