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I am a fifth-generation New Zealander born in Blenheim and Wanganui-based for much of my life. I have always been creative, have a love for colour and texture and am absolutely mad about sunflowers!! (did you notice?)

Mosaic work began in 2002 in Wanganui, since then I have spent many hours sourcing inspiration from the internet, library and many books to find out more about this exciting art form. In the process I have discovered a passion for putting together broken pieces to make something beautiful. The fascination continues…

Visiting mosaic studios and art galleries for inspiration is top of the list when we travel and in my quest for more knowledge have attended workshops in New Zealand, Australia and have met many other enthusiastic mosaic artists. Currently I am studying online with Sharra Frank Minneapolis America.

Mosaic art challenges and inspires me to find new ways of developing ideas and I am always on the lookout for different materials to use, more ideas to try out. My mosaics include stained glass, vitreous glass tiles, ceramic tiles and glass pebbles as I love the way this combination enhances texture and light, especially as the sunlight moves during the day. I make my own bespoke glass fusions and continue the stories by re-using broken china or found objects.

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My designs usually start with a small gem of an idea, which develop until a point is reached of interest, movement and a ‘sense of life’. Many hours have been spent in the workshop designing and creating, with the most rewarding time when the completed picture emerges as the excess grout is rubbed away.

Study toward a Diploma in Art and Creativity with the Wellington-based art school The Learning Connexion began in 2004. Through this extramural course I have been able to experiment with new ideas and to become more confident to express the beauty around me for others to enjoy.

After much encouragement from my family I began making mosaic pictures to sell. As my design has improved and more confidence has been gained I am now offering a service to create “Mosaic Pictures”.This original New Zealand art is ideal as a focal point for outside or used as an interior design feature. Aluminium frames made by Ali Arc, Wanganui, give the mosaics a professional and durable finish.

Please contact me if you would like to purchase a mosaic readymade or commission a mosaic made to your choice of design.

My Mosaic art has been shown at numerous exhibitions and galleries around New Zealand, at our National Comtemporary Mosaic Art Exhibitions and at the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand Brisbane symposium.
 
In 2006 I began teaching mosaics in Wanganui and Taranaki, and in early 2008 set up a mosic teaching studio in town to run exciting mosaic classes and workshops. The studio is set up ready to go!
 
Next time that you are in Wanganui you are very welcome to visit the studio and be inspired to see mosaics in a new way!
 
The studio also stocks an exciting range of mosaic tiles, glass and bases available to purchase...