Thursday, July 22, 2021

The next Arts Collective event is the Mid Winter Mingle

I will be exhibiting two pieces at this event, held at the Whangamata Club, 404 Port Road, Whangamata. They are not my usual polymer clay mosaics but large sand paintings on canvas. One is titled 'Daybreak in Paradise' and the other, 'Moonlight Glow', incorporates photoluminescent powders so it will glow in the dark.


Thursday, July 1, 2021

A new chapter in my life

The 30 June 2021 was a momentous day for me - my last day of guaranteed financial income. After working part-time for the last ten years, as an accounts assistant for an engineering company, I have finally taken the plunge and terminated my contract. So, today is the first day of my new life as a full-time artist/creative. While a little daunting, I am really excited to start following my true vocation.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Daybreak in Paradise

Daybreak in Paradise

Inspired by a local photograph (not taken by myself) Daybreak in Paradise measure71 cm x 71 cm. It is a sanding paining on canvas, with acrylic paint glazes.

My method of sand painting is to coat a bare canvas with glue and cover with an even layer of fine white sand. This is sealed with several layers of acrylic medium, to keep the sand in place, and then over painted with acrylic colour washes, so the sand tecture still shows through. For effect, I have included fine glitter for sparkle over the blue sea and used a gloss finish on this and wet sand areas.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Moonlight Glow

Moonlight Glow - shown in daylight and in the dark

I have just completed
Moonlight Glow, measuring 50.5 cm x 76 cm. This is a sanding painting on canvas, with acrylic paint glazes and glow in the dark powder. I am really pleased with the way it has turned out, especially when viewed in the dark. 


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Whangamata Arts Collective - Easter Open Studio Trail is this weekend

I will be displaying some of my work at the Information Centre Hub on Port Road, Whangamata. 

Hope you can drop in and say hello.

Friday, February 5, 2021

My display at the Big Arts Day Out - Waitangi Weekend 2021

Here is my display on the opening (Friday) night of the exhibition. I will be demonstrating how I make my Swirl-StoNZ throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Exciting event coming up this Waitangi Weekend - 6 & 7 February 2021


In addition to my entry in the Harcourts Challenge, a sand painting titled 'Essence of Aotearoa', I will be having a space at the Big Arts Day Out showcasing my polymer clay mosaics and also demonstrating how I make my Swirl-StoNZ.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Exhibition entry gets a mention - Hauraki Coromandel Post 28.01.2021


The next Whangamata Arts Collective event is the Harcourts Challenge/Big Arts Day Out, over the Waitangi weekend, 5-7 February 2021. This years Harcourts Challenge theme is Aotearoa Inspired. My entry is titled 'Essence of Aotearoa' and it gets a mention in the local paper. Really looking forward to this event.

Friday, October 9, 2020

'Inspiration' featured in the Whangamata News

Had quite a surprise when I looked at the 9 October 2020 edition of the Whangamata News. My mosaic sphere 'Inspiration' was featured in an article about the recent Spring Mingle, organised by the Whangamata Arts Collective. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Photos from the Spring Mingle

This event was very well attended. Lovely nibbles were handed round, as visitors viewed the art on display with a glass of wine, and various musicians played in the background.