|Takapuwahia Marae Aunties with gift - "Te Ahi Kaa"|
|Titahi bay North School Mural - "Poutama Matauranga"|
|Native American Smudgestick Cleansing Ceremony (with a twist)|
|"Nga Hau e Wha" - Pencil on cartridge paper|
|A very Pregnant me with Silent Auction Painting|
Earlier this year, as a part of a group of local women called Charlie’s Angels who have been fundraising in support of a lovely young woman who had cancer (and who has since, sadly, passed away), I created a painting to auction off on TradeMe using a circular offcut of plywood and my 'kanohi taniwha' or ‘taniwha-face’ motif in acrylic, (“Kia Kaha Wahine”: white on white with pink accents). This painting proved to be the catalyst for the next stage in my artistic journey…
By the time both of my youngest children and two of my mokos were at school, I had made the decision that I was going to work towards bringing in an income that was time-flexible, capitalised on my talents/abilities and above all –I was not going to settle for less than working at something I enjoy/love! A good friend of mine (and her very patient husband) offered me space in their rumpus room to use as a studio and the key to their house so I could have daytime access, an offer that I very gratefully accepted. I began collecting old photo-frames, used/unwanted canvasses and off-cuts of plywood to use for my paintings.