My life’s work to become a master wood-carver started as a Teacher in Christchurch – I went on to become a sign writer amongst other jobs and thankfully soon discovered my true vocation. My father was a builder helping to provide a great set of skills that has led me to becoming a self-supporting artist. A career highlight has been working within the New Zealand film industry particularly carving the piano and stool in the movie “THE PIANO” (this has now been bought by Te Papa and is on permanent display there). At this stage in my career I enjoy carving for film and television sets, antique restoration and working on difficult commissions (Carved wooden door, trophies, mirror frames,
detailing furniture, house-vineyard-boat signs). Throughout my career I have mixed with all sorts of artists which encourages a stimulating environment that continually extends my creativity. I have completed many commissions (Sadly I have not been so diligent to photograph many of the pieces, so this is only a small fraction of my work) and am continually experimenting to discover new ways to bring wood to life. My recent work in antique restoration has been interpreting and restoring the carving styles from the Colonial and European traditions. Being creative and adaptable has been the key to my survival as an artist in this specialized area of wood carving.