Having come from an artistic family of carvers, musicians and weavers, it was inevitable that I would follow the same path. It is a part of my family, it is a part of me.
My brothers and I grew up around old cars, that love was inspired and comes from my father and uncles.
I try to paint these cars with a semi surreal/semi photo realism effect. A mixture of both static and movement. The foreground being a static image of the car and the background being a ‘bokeh’ style. This forces the eye into the illusion of depth. It is my homage to these classic cars, that are as kool today as they were when I was a four year old boy.
My style of painting is combining traditional Maori art forms with natural forms and textures that I see while hiking, while in the ocean. It could be as simple as looking at tree bark or a rock formation.
I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel, I am re-telling stories that have been around since the beginning of time. I am telling these stories through my eyes and paying my due respects to our Tipuna (ancestors).
Originals and Prints of my artworks are available.