Days Bay


Days Bay
2009

Oil on board

1450 x

500mm

Private Collection


Days Bay holds a special place in my life. Having gone to school at Wellesley College and spending my formative years around there, I decided it was an important place for me to record in a painting.
Further to this, in 2010, a year after painting this work, I got married in Days Bay as well.
Shortly after painting this work, I took a conscious break from art and the art world. There were a number of factors to this; the main one being that I had become disillusioned with art galleries displaying ‘untalented’ artworks – works that create themselves or are mistakes of happenstance, or just plain rubbish. I no longer wanted to be considered an ‘artist’ because of what it was beginning to mean. I found it completely disrespectful to the talents of masters of the past such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Picasso to put these creations in the same ball park.

This is the day that Rome was built


This is the day that Rome was built
2006

Acrylic on canvas

1040 x

510mm

$8990.00 NZD


My love for Italy only expanded after visiting Rome. Seeing the city and travelling the sites, it was phenominal. Experiencing the art and culture of the whole area was mind blowing. In particular, seeing church steps that were worn down from the millions of feet that had used them, doors that were older than the European history of our country. The Colosseum left a lasting impression on me, and using the photos I took and memories I had, created this work.

Kotuku; Three generations over-turned by the storm


Kotuku; Three generations over-turned by the storm
2006

Acrylic on canvas

915 x

610mm

$1899.00 NZD


Following a tragedy in the South Island where a grandfather, father, and son from the same family died in a boating accident during a storm in the Foveaux Strait. The boat’s name was Kotuku, which is also the Māori name for the white heron. Turner regularly documented boats, storms and disasters in his work, and so it felt poignant to create this painting.

Moa Point; Looking out to a distant New York


Moa Point; Looking out to a distant New York
2006

Acrylic on canvas

915 x

610mm

$1499.00 NZD


Moa point is located on the south coast of Wellington, around the corner from the airport. With the International Airport right there, the distant New York becomes closer, although an L.A. stop over is required.

Murderers Bay; First European Contact with Aotearoa



Murderers Bay; First European Contact with Aotearoa
2006

Acrylic on canvas

710 x

560mm

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My first intentional ‘Turner’ inspired painting with title and style used to create a historical event. It depicts the arrival of Able Tasman to New Zealand and the mooring in Golden Bay, Nelson.