Born Tauranga, New Zealand 1967
1991 Graduated from Northland Polytechnic and Hungry Creek Arts and Crafts School with a
Diploma in Applied Arts, majoring in jewellery.
1992 Learnt flameworked glass bead-making techniques with glass-blower Peter Viesnik.
Has been a self-employed craft artist since 1994 participating in many group and solo shows.
I also participate in many group shows where just one piece of work is required from each artist, so
Most of my ideas come from my natural enviroment, the flora and fauna I'm interested in. I also find that travel sparks ideas for me as I soak the visual information up and it invariably comes out at some stage as part of a piece of jewellery. I prefer to use traditional materials like metal as a base, but I'm also happy to use other materials for colour or effect; stone, shell, acrylic and glass. I'm not very interested in the intrinsic value of materials. I also like to use lost wax cast components; I have forms that reoccur as they are part of my library of ideas. I'm also happy to work within the limitations of my tools. I'm always trying to refine and simplify ideas down to the most efficient solution to the problem, so my work is suggestive of flowers, plants, moths etc, but never a realistic copy. I can't see the point of that.