As both of my parents were talented artists I have always had a keen interest in visual art. I studied art & photography to a tertiary level, but didn’t persevere any further as I found that earning actual money was more appealing!
Having grown up in the U.K. I migrated to New Zealand at 21, continuing with drawing & photography as a hobby while doing various jobs in which I learned a number of different yet complimentary skills. While working as a self employed panelbeater & car painter I realised that if I could make complicated repair sections for cars I could also create steel sculptures, making all manner of things from dragons to roses. Continuing the industrial skill theme I began to experiment with automotive spray guns on canvas, as well as teaching myself to airbrush while sick with chickenpox. I find the spray guns give a lovely depth & glowing colours, although I am trying to teach myself to approach the tools as an artist rather than as a car painter!
Looking to the future, I will be making more time to devote to creative projects, having recently discovered I enjoy woodwork & have also tried my hand at blacksmithing, which is very satisfying.’
The hateful jar was slowly lowered into the well, the vile creature above repeating it's daily mantra: "It puts the marmalade on it's skin if it wants a sandwich". She had resisted at first, refusing to succumb for almost 10 minutes, but the lure of ...