I spent three years at The Learning Connexion developing my natural ability in painting and graphics design. My main influences include Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere and J.M.W. Turner.
Having grown up around computers, it was only a matter of time before I used it creatively. I began designing websites, computer graphics, logos, and much more.
I began to seriously look into using photography as a means to express my visual creativity. I started shooting landscapes and quickly found my passion for monochromatic images.
Music & Guitar
I use guitar and have been using it to songwrite, and lead worship in a variety of local churches. I set up a small home recording studio in 2010. I also began building electric guitars in 2015.
My calling in life has been to be a teacher. I trained at Victoria University, studying the BA/BTeach. I have been teaching full time in Primary Schools since 2009.
I have been designing websites since about 2005. I began design using Macromedia Flash, but soon realised that it was going to be better to improve my designs by using PHP, CSS, and jQuery. I am continually looking for new ideas and new themes that are trending in website design.The majority have been for my own personal domain, but there have been a few I have made for friends and family.In the last few years I have moved from building my sites from scratch to using WordPress and other CMS's. This has allowed me to work on theme and graphic design, whilst keeping the content available for independent mangers to look after and update.
I am not currently taking on any new website design projects except for special circumstances. If you need to get in touch with me regarding website design, you can email me through the contact page.
Every now and then I capture a piece of life from a place I have been and the people I have met. More often than not, my photography explores place and location rather than the people that inhabit it. It serves as a captured memory. Some photos I use to get inspiration for my artworks, but most of them are beginning to hold their own place in my personal gallery.
My tool of choice at the moment is my Canon EOS 7D DSLR, with my main lens being the Canon EFS 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM. It's most definitely the best camera I have ever owned, and I expect it will be with me for quite a while.
In the past I have owned a Canon EOS 350D, and a Canon EOS 550D, both with the 18-55mm kit lens.
Visit my 500px Gallery page
I am a worship leader. I play guitar, both electric and acoustic depending on the team, and enjoy using both for their different purposes. These are my own thoughts and feelings about my experiences of working in different worship teams for the last 15 years. I have only been worship leading since 2010, but through many observations and experiences, I am able to use this to assist me. I am also extremely lucky to have a God who loves, and sees past my failings. I have also have some of my blog posts included on WorshipMinistry.com.
Also in this blog are articles regarding music, which relates to my small home recording studio, 'Haven Grove Studio', and will include different aspects of recording in my short and limited experience.
Teaching has been a life long passion of mine. I am a Primary school teacher, and have been teaching full time since 2009. I enjoy teaching Numeracy, Daily5, and integrating ICT into as many avenues as possible. My philosophy on teaching is to engage, inspire, and unleash my students.
I have also written some of my ideas down into articles, which I encourage you to read.
Unleash Education is my teaching based website for all my articles and things. If you like to read about education, then head along to the website. Unleash Education
This is a collection of my work over the last few years.
I am a Lower Hutt painter working out of home. My online gallery is currently the only exhibition I have due to my other commitments taking up time.
I take a lot of influence from the land and the landscape. I also work with words and combined meanings of words. I have been heavily influenced by the likes of JMW Turner, Colin McCahon and Ralph Hotere.
If you would like to purchase a piece, please feel free to contact me. Likewise if you would like me to paint a commission, arrangements can be made.
Conjoint teaching degree, allowing me to teach in both Primary and Secondary schools in New Zealand. Majoring in Maori Studies and Art History, with specialised teaching subjects as Visual Art and Art History.
Diploma of Art and Creativity (w/ Honours)
AUGUST 2002 - NOVEMBER 2004
Foundation Course - 2002
Diploma of Art and Creativity, specialising in Mural Art and Computer Graphics and Design - 2003
Diploma of Art and Creativity, specialising in Painting and Computer Graphics - 2004
Pond Pioneer Educator | April 2014
Google Certified Educator | September 2014
Full Teacher Registration | February 2009 -- February 2012 -- February 2015