The Battlelines series deals with the issue of invasive pests introduced into the New Zealand environment. It incorporates history painting as well as cultural references and investigates the problem from different perspectives and allegiances.


“The invasion of predators has reached a tipping point and most of our native birds are at risk, most tragically, the kiwi. If we can lift the scale of predator control to regional landscapes, including communities where people live, which has not been done before, we can win the war.”                             

Sir Rob Fenwick 2016

The Island series depict a variety of isolated islands, surveying a range of wild and domestic habitations supporting native birds and animals of Aotearoa. Although they are all devoid of human life, many display signs of human activity, habitation and history. The paintings can be viewed as a theatrical tableau, a reflective entry into our lands, highlighting mankind’s complex relationship between available space and the ecology of its flora, fauna and the all encompassing ocean.

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Every year or two I set myself a side project, a self-guided curiosity, which can take a few months to complete. These amusements often go on to inform and invigorate my daily practice of painting, expanding upon my current concepts and leading to new directions.

These projects began with my Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011. 

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