My memories of growing up are of spending hours and hours outside - playing, exploring.
We spent long summers and many weekends at our family “Camp” in a remote clearing in a Beech Forest near Waikaia, in Southland.
The forest, bush and the creek were our natural playground.
We entertained ourselves with adventures in with simple things – we encountered nature in a kiwi way - it was elemental.
This series lays out the elements of the southern New Zealand forest and bushland.
I want to capture in these works the majesty and delight of objects and textures that intrigued and molded me when I discovered them when I was younger – simple but strong influences that have stayed with me in life.
I want to reflect and celebrate the beauty of a fluttering or poised butterfly; the playfulness of a falling sycamore “helicopter” seed; the intimacy of a Ladybird landing on you bringing you good luck; the comedy of an acorn with its hat on; the part fear and part joyful intrigue of a buzzy Bee searching you out; the Dragonflies drifting around a pond; the beauty of Kowhai and of ferns unfurling: the friendly Robin. Experiences to cherish, even if harder to find these days as grown ups!