Life has taught me to make the most of all the materials around me. What others may see as rubbish I will quite often see as something that could be reused or upcycled into another form. This is why I began drawing on pieces of wood.
I would find it hard to throw wood away or merely burn it. When I began drawing on wood I really enjoyed the contrast it would create and the extra texture it would bring to the art. After a while it just became the norm for me to search out pieces of wood that would work well as a canvas for my creations.
The wood comes from a number of sources. Some of the wood is left over from old apple bins that are past it, some of it is from old floorboards that have cracked, and other pieces even come from old farm fences that some beast or other has leant on too many times!
I like to think my art work has a very rustic and real feel to it. It breathes life in to old wood and creates a talking point for people who enjoy such things. It celebrates New Zealand’s native birds in their many guises and characters.