I grew up in Clevedon and recently moved back with my family to focus on being a full time Artist and Mum. I have always loved art, even at Clevedon Primary School I remember drawing cartoons for my friends and making amazing borders for school projects. This passion grew over the years, fostered by my family, friends, great educational mentors and art collectors. My work is now in many collections both in New Zealand and overseas. Armed with abundant life experience I am excited about my future as a full time Artist. Thank you for taking the time to visit my work. I hope you continue to follow my progress.
My artwork is an extension of myself. It contains my thoughts and ideas in relationship to the world around me. I have been influenced by abstract expressionism and theorist Carl Jung’s concept of the ‘collective unconscious’. My work is approachable because it works with common thoughts and feelings related to being human, for example desire, ambition and doubt. I am a multimedia Artist with a Masters in printmaking. All of my work no matter the medium is informed by process. I start with the idea and find the medium to match it. Once I have a basic idea, I work spontaneously letting chance and creativity work together to create the final outcome.
EDUCATION, AWARDS AND RELATED ART EXPERIENCE
Finalist in the 28th Annual Wallace Art Awards.
Creating/Launching Riverhaven Artland (opening start of 2020)
Became a member of the Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand 2018.
‘Out on a limb’ painting purchased by Sir James Wallace for his Wallace Arts Trust Collection 2018.
27-29 Jan Clevedon Art Trail Open Studio Event including ‘New’ a printmaking workshop for 65 years +.
Started teaching After School Art Classes from my Gallery+Studio
Facilitated the ‘Under Pressure’ Art course and exhibition for the parents and caregiver of Clevedon. Funded by the Franklin Local Board and supported by Clevedon Plunket.
Key Organiser with Maureen Conquer and Cheryl Wright to create the Clevedon Art Trail funded by the Franklin Local Board and the Creative New Zealand Communities Scheme. http://www.clevedonarttrail.co.nz
Interview with Artists Alliance about my Gallery+Studio opening.
Guest speaker at Clevedon School, talking all things Art.
Artist guest speaker at Alfriston School as part of their Student Art Exhibition.
‘Who Arted” Radio interview with Aimee Ralfini on 95 BFM
Artist guest speaker at Diocesan School for girls as part of their Leadership Programme.
Began working as a Full Time Artist
Assistant Head of Art Department/Teacher in Charge of Photography at Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland.
Implementing/programme leader of the Level1 Visual Arts Digital Multimedia programme that became a Digital Folio National exemplar.
Published article ‘Digital moving image’ in Student Art Guide.
Worked with the Diocesan Marketing Team to create, Putting the “o” in Dio project which resulted in students works being used for advertising such as large billboards in the city.
Guest speaking at Unitec about ‘Believing in students’.
Organising and attending Art trips to Australia to attend AGIDEAS.
Wrote and illustrated a Children’s book called ‘Finding Happiness’.
Teacher in Charge of Photography at Onehunga High School.
Initiating a Student Art Exhibition at the Onehunga Community Centre.
Member of the School New Curriculum Lead Team.
|2005||Graduate Diploma in Teaching Secondary majoring in Art and Art History, Auckland University.|
|2004||Trained and worked as a Tour Manager for Contiki in Europe. This job enabled me to visit many of the world’s most famous Artworks and soaked up European culture. I also further developed strong communication and organisation skills.|
|2002-2003||Masters of Fine Arts with honours from Elam, Auckland University.Received a High Achievement Scholarship from the University of Auckland.|
|2001||Lived and worked in Melbourne.|
Bachelor of Fine Art from Elam, majoring in Printmaking, final mark A+, Auckland University.
Awarded the Senior prize in Fine Arts by the University Council.
|1997-1999||Photographic Black and White Darkroom Technician, Papakura.|
Graduated Diocesan School for Girls with an A Bursary.
SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS
Currently preparing for a Solo Exhibition in January 2020.
‘Off the grid’ series exhibited with General Collective at ASB Showgrounds Greenlane, Ponsonby Central and at my Gallery+Studio Clevedon. Nov 2018- 2019.
‘Urban Jungle’ Solo Exhibition at Railway Street Studios (Art Gallery) in Newmarket, Auckland 5-21 July 2018.
‘Fruity’ Art Exhibition (participating in Auckland Pride Festival) Opening Sat 3rd Feb 2-4pm 2017.
“Get Real” Exhibition, at my Gallery+Studio, 10th Nov-10 Dec, 2017.
“Blind love” Solo Exhibition, at my Gallery+Studio, 331 North Road Clevedon, 22 December-30th January, 2017.
‘Idioms Countryside” Solo Exhibition and opening of my Gallery+Studio, 331 North Road Clevedon Auckland, 5th November-18th December, 2016.
‘It’s pretty open’ Group Drawing Show, Demo, 21 Shaddock St, Eden Terrace, 14 April, 2016.
‘Adding Up’ Self curated Pop Up Solo Art Exhibition/Event, 7 Devon Lane Pukekohe, 2015.
‘EIEIO Series’ Large Commission Project of 15 Artworks, for The Corner Kitchen and Bar, Clevedon.
|2013||-Currently represented by Art Industry Gallery, Clevedon.|
|2012||ASSATA Group Exhibition, Te Karanga Gallery, K Road.|
Group Show Morgan Street Gallery, Newmarket.
Represented by Morgan Street Gallery.
Exhibited in the Coutts Art Show, Newmarket.
|2005||‘Just Hangin’ Exhibition with James Wright at the Clevedon Café.|
‘Portraiture’ Final Master Exhibition at Elam.
Presented ‘Beside Myself’ a Theory paper on research into Portraiture.
Exhibited at Metropole Bar in Newmarket.
Exhibited a Paradigm Designs in Newton.
Curator for ‘A4’, an exchange exhibition with German University at George Fraser Gallery.
Exhibited at Mazda Artworks at the Hilton, Auckland.
‘Art of three’ Group Show, Papakura Art Gallery.Solo Show at Clevedon Café.
Exhibited in the Remuera on Main Street Exhibition
|2001||Regularly showing at Clevedon Café.|
‘Black Essence’ Final Year Exhibition at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University.
Represented New Zealand Printmaking in a touring Swiss Printmaking Show.
Curator an exhibited in Group Printmaking Show, ‘Multiple Impressions’ at the George Fraser Gallery.
‘Surface’ Group Show at the Depot Art Space in Devonport.
Exhibited in the Diocesan Old Girls Show, Diocesan School for Girls.
Group show and ran Printmaking demonstration workshop with the Lane Gallery at Artex Expo.
Curator and exhibited in the group show ‘Speak easy’ at the George Fraser Gallery.
|1998||Exhibited in the Diocesan Old Girls Show, Diocesan School for Girls.|