Unearthed at Studio One Toi Tū

My creative residency at Studio One Toi Tū is nearly over and I’ll be exhibiting along with the other residents from the 15th of Aug to the 19th of September, with the opening on Wednesday the 14th at 5pm . I’ll be exhibiting the work I’ve produced as well as my research.
The project I’ve been working on is based around the disappearance of my grandfather in 1951, to get info I’ve been looking at old photo albums, in newspaper, document and police archives, as well as conducting interviews with my mother. There are still some relevant pieces of research missing - my grandmother’s diary is buried amongst my brother’s books up north somewhere and some useful photo albums are also missing.


Go Girl

I was excited and delighted to be asked to contribute some portraits to Go Girl, a new book by Barbara Else which celebrates New Zealand women. My portraits are of Kate Sheppard, Valerie Adams, Lucy Lawless, Suzanne Aubert and Ella Williams.

For more info about the book and where to find it can be found here

A New Leaf


Some shots of my pieces for Seed Gallery's group exhibition, A New Leaf. These are collages using up leftover pieces of paper and mixed gouache colours with a bit of pencil and coloured pencil. I've gone for a seabird theme this year, there are 10 pieces and they sell for $100 each, with $10 from each going to the wonderful KidsCan charity.

Opening: Wednesday 8 November at 6pm
Exhibition: 9 – 10 November 2017
Open 10am – 3:30pm daily
Allpress Studio, 8 Drake Street, Auckland City


Atomic Forest!


New Zealand's finest illustrators come together for an Auckland Artweek exhibition of post-apocalyptic, pop-art pleasure. Get a glimpse into a post-nuclear wonderland, full of weird and wonderful characters.

Come hang out with us and grab a cold beer courtesy of Garage Project on the opening night this October 7th and check out our latest round of artwork as well as some of our greatest hits for sale.

Funded by Heart of the City and delivered in partnership with Artweek Auckland.


Paperback Assassins


I'm part of an illustration collective called Paper Assassins and we've been working on a new exhibition coming up as part of Artweek Auckland in October. We're transforming a shop in the Chancery in Auckland's CBD into an alternative universe bookshop, there'll be a range of fantastical book themed artworks, specially designed ex libris bookplates and a place where you can print and colour your own bookplates.

The 10 awesome illustrators on board are: Rebecca ter Borg, Marc Conaco,  Pablo Espinosa, Toni Gill, Chris Hutchinson aka Chippy, Sloane Kim, Toby Morris, Colleen Pugh, Ezra Whittaker-Powley and myself. 

The opening night is Saturday the 8th of October from 6-9pm, sponsored by Budweiser and we also have a late night (til 9pm) on Wednesday the 12th with the Quick Draw Sketch Gang doing live portraits and a kids activity day on the closing Sunday the 16th with lots of activities planned. Come along!


Holiday travel diary


I had a little summer trip around Europe, here are some pages from my travel sketchbook. I haven't used coloured pencils much so it was good to try a new medium, want to do more with them and gouache together.


Bethnal Green view in gouache.

Gear for swimming in Ireland in the Atlantic ocean.

Proper attire for leaving the house in Ballyconneely.

Joined in on a Brexit protest in Edinburgh.

My new New Kid shoes!

Cottage bedroom view in Ballyconneely.

Cottage bedroom view in Ballyconneely.

Hard out breakfast with soda bread, white pudding, black pudding, sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Berlin dress ups.

Dinner party in Berlin.

Day of Wuthering in Berlin.


Auckland Zinefest 2016.


I'll be at the Auckland Zinefest which is in the Auckland Art Gallery this year.  Gonna be a good one, come on down!

Sweet poster by Chippy Draws

I'll have copies of my new comic Takeaways, which I individually hand covered the covers of, can't handle too much consistency. 


Three Words


The amazing anthology of NZ/Aotearoa female comics, Three Words is out now! I am super delighted to be featured in this incredible book, everyone go get one because it is superb.

Here's a review in The Listener featuring a page of my comic, exciting!




I did a piece for Metro Magazine's last issue which was choc full of amazing illustrators. My bit was to go with a short story, Liking: a tale about online dating by Jenni Quilter. Jenni is a NZ writer who has been published in The New Yorker, you can read her excellent story here http://www.metromag.co.nz/city-life/liking-a-tale-about-online-dating/


I ended up doing scanned layers of pencil drawings instead of my usual painting with gouache, this is the final version. I wanted the guy to look sorta friendly/sleazy and a bit predatory so I drew him as a crocodile.

An earlier colour palette.

Pencil sketch.

Another idea, didn't end up going with this.

And another sketch option.


Seeing Stars


I'm taking part in Seed Gallery's annual Christmas exhibition again, this year we have 10 star shapes to turn into artworks. I've taken my starting point from the name Seeing Stars, thinking about the patterns you see when you rub your eyes,  and have created a different pattern for each star.

They all have quite a summery mood to them, some are based on recognisable objects and others are more abstract. It's reawakened my love for pattern making, there is something about making a rule but only following it loosely which I really love, want to do more pattern stuff in future!

Anyway, here is a selection, I had to cut them up to stick them onto the stars so now I only have shards of painting left. If you want to buy a star come along to the exhibition details above.

She Sells.

Lemon Pepper

Lemon Pepper

Dizzy Spell

Picnic Spot.

Picnic Spot.

Produce Aisle.


The Periodic Journal


I took part in a panel discussion about independent publishing, offering a zine perspective on the whole deal. Had a cold and kept loosing my train of thought but the other wonderful panelists kept it chugging along (Natasha Mead, Leyla Tweedie-Cullenand and Warren Olds, Jereme Aubertin couldn't make it). 

The Periodic Journal is a beautiful (and free!!) publication which is put together by Natasha Mead and her pals, more on them here http://www.theperiodic.co.nz/




The Colour Your Own Adventure event by ScribbleAKL is now all done and dusted. Thankd to everyone who attended and the super team who organised the whole thing, you rule!

Here are some photos of my drawing in various stages of coloured-in-ness. If you want to see more pics you can at https://www.facebook.com/scribbleakl/ 

The topical Red Peak flag design made it into the dreamscape too. All photos courtesy of the Scribble AKL crew.


Artweek Auckland 2015


I've created a page for Colour Your Own Adventure,  an interactive art activity which is part of Artweek Auckland. Members of the public are invited to colour in and draw on giant illustrated dreamscapes created by local Auckland artists.

This event will be up from the 10th - 17th of October in Chancery Square in the CBD. More info here

Here are a few details

It was quite fun to do such flat, linear work. A few years back I used to do lots of crazy stacked up landscapes/cityscapes, it was nice to get back to that sort of work, love adding funny characters and architectural details.

Here's one of my older pieces which I was referring back to, I like the contrast between empty and full space in this one. The house in the middle at the bottom with the ponga/palm tree outside and pyramid on the roof is a homage to one of my old flats.


Her pics


Pics of my paintings in Her, sold a couple too.

Still really into wrinkly dogs/wally dogs.

There were 9 of us in the exhibition, here's 6 of us (L-R me, Rebecca ter Borg, Kelly Pochyba (crouching), Toni Gill, Electra Sinclair, Jane Park).