In Whakatane, Opotiki and my local area as well as the Bay of Plenty area and throughout New Zealand. I am willing to travel. I value the rural communities and small town centres as well. Anywhere in New Zealand is fine with me.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
My arts practice links photography, oil paint and printmaking that blends Māori culture with Western art history to express colonisation in a surreal way. I am working on a series of Renaissance Wahine and when I am in my painting zone I am always excited and passionate. My strengths are painting, photography, photoshop, printmaking and 3D construction. My focus in my art is painting portraits onto a mirrored surface. I make cyanotypes from my original photograph images. I am passionate with facilitating art workshops to children and adults in small towns and rural communities. I have a good work and art life balance and totally committed to creating and making art everyday. I am always experimenting and trying out new ideas along with upskilling my arts practice.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
- My art has recognition from peers and experts such as the local winner 2016 for an art award.
- Richard Fowley has critiqued my art as part of that award.
- My art and profile has been published in the World Arts Games book.
- There has been a published article for a magazine.
- My artwork was also recently selected for the Rotorua art awards 2019.
- Successfully I have delivered art weeks at numerous schools in the BOP area on many occasions for over 15 years.
- I have worked full time teaching Intermediate art.
- I have successfully given teachers professional development.
- I have been been involved with holiday and after-school art over the years.
- Involvement with Rotary and Art in the park.
- On many occasions running kids' art workshops at the Whakatane Library.
- Facilitating workshops for WOMAD and children’s art exhibition for Kawerau Wood Skills Festival.
- My specialised training and expertise such as Diploma in teaching, registered teacher, Bachelor in Education and Art, Diploma Honors in Art, and my Advanced Diploma Honors in Art.
- The photography skills, international experience and as a practicing artist, this more than qualifies me.
- I have constant involvement volunteering.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
- The constant involvement I have in schools and voluntary community projects.
- The art festival experience I have.
- Successful art displays and art weeks out at schools.
- There are ongoing regular adults' workshops in the communities.
- I do mural workshops with children to beautify their environment at schools.
- All the experience and skills I have with a variety of art mediums.
- Because of my teacher training I have experience to teach a variety of ages years one to high school age.
- I can offer unique art experiences such as making cyanotypes, wearable art, sculpture, murals, clay construction 3D construction, photo emulsion and screen printmaking and photography projects and photoshop and more.
- My skilled expertise as an artist and photographer can assist with children’s creativity extension.
- I can offer unique and different art expertise.
- My experience with professional development for teachers in the arts as well as teaching adult workshops out in the rural communities.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
Teaching is a lifeline for creativity. Being in the classroom fuels my passion. Tools and experience to draw from. Children ask questions that push my thinking, that express works of art. This reminds me of why I inspire others and produce art. It helps me broaden my understanding and purpose. I am a passionate motivator. When you create and see this in the classroom as an individual transforms. When you build up the kids to trust their ideas and confidence through the arts, you can be more fearless and learn to let go of ideas that you are not excited about. I see this with kids who are not feeling their amazing art and trash it with no guilt to move on. When you totally see and experience the power of healing and well-being through the arts. There is self-esteem and self-expression giving a voice is powerful. Maintaining relationships leads to connecting to the wider communities. Making art is just as important as nutrition, exercise or meditation. It is a wellness practice and I advocate this with my arts practice to reflect the benefits for children it can have. To increase positive emotions is profound!