Background

I would say the art bug bit very early on in my life. My Dad is great at drawing and was a draftsman and my sister and her husband are both amazing naturally gifted artists. I was always “arty” as a kid although my older sister was great with anything artistic so it was never really my thing until I was a bit older. Although I chose all the arts subjects during high school and I studied five years of architecture, it was not until about eight years ago that I first moved out of home and started painting to adorn the walls of our flat. I couldn’t find art that I liked or could afford so I starting painting large-scale pieces that didn’t cost the world to make. I also worked at an art and gift store during my time studying so was constantly being exposed to New Zealand artists, which made me desperate to create my own work.

Statement

I’d best describe my signature style as…
Where you would want to be right now.

And how I came to it…
It was what I was thinking and dreaming about at the time — be it relaxing by the pool, floating in some tropical river, eating donuts, sunbathing at the beach… that was where I wanted to be so I painted it!

Favorite subjects to paint and why…
As you can probably already tell my favorite subject to paint is probably water: lakes, pools, ocean, etc. I also love painting foliage: leaves, flowers plants, etc. My other love is actually packaging and food.

And my preferred medium/tools…
Hands down, my favorite medium is the paint I use. It is an acrylic gouache made in Japan that only comes is small tubes and costs a fortune to ship to New Zealand. But it has been life changing (seems dramatic but true). It is very opaque, which means less layers of paint; dries matte, which I love; is very thin so I can use it on paper, and can be watered down to create very thin and detailed lines. It is also not a straight gouache; it is also an acrylic paint, which means it doesn’t pick up the paint underneath so you can apply layer upon layer and the colors don’t get all muddled like they do with regular gouache.