Painting Student, Tacoma,Washington State.
Painting Student, Tacoma, Washington State.

I have drawn all my life, but since I picked up a paintbrush in 1987 I have never looked back, regularly taking part in group exhibitions as well as my own solo shows. By the end of 1986, I had completed a Diploma in Visual Communication Design at Christchurch Institute of Technology, which put me in very good stead as a future painter as I learnt many invaluable technical skills during my time there.

I then went on to study full time at the New Zealand Film and Television Training School, also in Christchurch. I gained a certificate at the end of the year and then moved to Wellington to seek film work and to continue on my painting career. I was receiving continual interest in my painting which gave me the impetus to keep producing new work.

 

I then moved to Auckland to work on an American movie in the Art Department. I spent a number of years working as a Set Painter and Props and Model Maker, working on both local and international jobs.

 

2003: I attended Manukau Institute of Technology full-time for one year and gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching. The following year I gained a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching After that I taught gifted children, adult community education night classes (painting and drawing) and did relief teaching across Auckland.

 

2010: I started my own art school and in 6 months I had 35 students however I closed my art classes down to pursue an opportunity to spend time in Washington State USA.

 

2012: During the year I did some adult art teaching at the 'Open Art Studio' in Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.

 

2013: I had an upcoming exhibition at the Mioposto Pizzeria in Seattle.

 

2014: In July I hung a big exhibition at The Hub restaurant in Tacoma.

 

2014: In November, my Christmas exhibition ran at the Corina Cafe and Bakery featuring 'Crispy the Mouse' paintings and prints for kids.

 

2015: I have returned to New Zealand and am now based in Mount Victoria, Wellington. At the end of the year, I held an exhibition of paintings at the Deluxe Cafe on Cambridge Terrace.

 

2016: In February I began to teach a Sunday painting class at Inverlochy Art School. A number of the students hadn't painted since high school, but through the year their confidence blossomed as I showed them how to paint landscapes, seascapes and portraits.

 

2017: This year the old students from the Sunday painting class are confident enough to be working on their own projects which range from Impressionist Still Life to a very large Impressionist seascape and beautiful stylised Scottish landscapes. My new students are learning the painting process starting with small realistic as well as Impressionist fruit paintings. I now run the Sunday painting class at the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre.