The natural world and wildlife conservation provides endless joy and despair, beauty and devastation. I strive to advocate for our endangered species and ecosystems and through my art I explore wildlife advocacy through creative interpretation.
Like wildlife around the world, New Zealand's flora and fauna are imperilled by growing urbanisation, habitat loss, and climate change. I am fortunate to live in Wellington - a green biophilic city - where the jewel in our crown is Zealandia EcoSanctuary. Zealandia is a fenced reserve in the middle of Wellington where native birds can breed in freedom and in safety. Many of my images come about from my conservation volunteer work there, where I have the privilege of working with rare and endangered birds, including my beloved kākā parrots who feature in many of my art works.
Photographs are just the first step in my creative process. Using Photoshop, I digitally blend and mask layers of photographs, graphics, scanned ephemera and textures, lighting and colour adjustments, and digital brushstrokes to form images that are more like a painting. Some images may involve only a couple of layers, whereas others may involved hundreds.
I love wildlife photography too, and am am ardent Sony mirrorless shooter. To help advocate for our endangered wildlife, I donate many of my photos to wildlife organizations.
My art is held in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.
Most of my prints are available right here in my online store.
In New Zealand, selected pieces are also available from Artel Gallery, The Mandarin Tree, Zealandia EcoSanctuary, Edges Art+Framing, Kotare Art Studio, Inspirit Gallery, Aurora Arts & Gifts, and from the NZ Academy of Fine Arts shop.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.