A Fiji-born New Zealander trained in the visual arts in New Zealand. I have a magpie-ish interest in life generally and in particular about the stories we tell ourselves. I've always loved drawing as a child and books too. I grew up with comics, dad's western novels, watching movies projected onto a white sheet and the Brothers Grimm. Scary stories was standard fodder in my house. It was the 70s and no TV. Radio was king back then. We learned to entertain ourselves and make do with what we had. It was a great training ground for the imagination.
I am currently based in Fiji and am inspired by its island landscapes. I want to examine it in a way that looks at landforms as presence or felt space. So something developed conceptually through storytelling in graphite and paint.
I also see figures and domestic interiors as an extension of other 'landscapes' we carry. I am inspired by artists whose work explore interior and exterior spaces such as Fred Williams, Euan MacLeod and William Kentridge. Others are Anita Taylor and Marlene Dumas.
As a painter printmaker, whether I'm painting or printing, everything starts with drawings. From here paintings and prints are developed on canvas, board or paper in oil or water-based media. I draw and paint in a semi-abstract expressionist style. I prefer woodblock printmaking to other techniques. I make pictures based on the feel of an idea. So that can influence what medium I may work with.