I was born in New Zealand and I live in Mangawhai.
I began carving in 2004 and have always loved timber. I carve most types of wood (and occasionally other mediums), but find swamp kauri the most enjoyable to sculpt. Something about its character, age (this can range from 2000 to 50,000 years old), feeling and uniqueness to New Zealand inspires me.
I also enjoy New Zealand’s native forest, and perhaps part of the reason I love swamp kauri is, although it is a finite resource, it doesn’t require damage to, or the felling of our wonderful native forest.
Carving is something I enjoy doing, being a part of a pieces evolution into final form is something I never get tired of. I hope that those who see my work gain as much pleasure from the pieces, as I received creating them.
Most of my pieces are not named. Sometimes it just feels right to name them, but mostly, I believe that every individual has their own unique perceptions and ‘point of view’ and therefore I generally prefer to let each individual see and feel the piece ‘fresh’ for themselves. Each person may see something different and most important is how a sculpture makes you feel.
I also carve on a commission basis working with the person to try and ensure that their vision and my vision is aligned for the ultimate and desired outcome for both parties.
If you have any questions please give me a call on 0274 493 429