I am teaching in Media Arts at SPSU as the visiting Fulbright-Scholar-in-Residence from New Zealand.
I have been working in the visual communications industry as an arts educator and graphic designer for over twenty years. I exhibit nationally and internationally. My arts practice includes developing individual works / exhibitions, site-specific projects, curating exhibitions, collaborative projects, writing, facilitating arts-led forums, and mentoring emerging artists.
I have Master of Fine Arts by Research from the Dunedin School of Art, and am a trustee
with the ADA (Aoteoroa Digital Arts) Network.
I have lectured in the fine arts and graphic design undergraduate degree programs at both the University of Otago and the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in New Zealand (Aotearoa).
In the last 4 years, alongside focusing on my fine arts practice and freelance design
work, I have been volunteering in Vanuatu in my capacity as graphic designer / visual
communications advisor through Volunteer Service Abroad Aotearoa (VSA). My first 2-year
assignment was working with Wan Smolbag Theatre in Vanuatu (2008-10). In 2011 I returned
for a second assignment working with the Farm Support Association (FSA) training staff
using open source software and with agronomist Piero Bianchessi editing, designing
and illustrating technical publications on growing, curing and processing vanilla.
In the last 5 years I have collaborated extensively with artist Don Hunter (aka Number 8 Collective). We were awarded the William Hodges Fellowship Art Residency in Southland, New Zealand (2008) and the inaugural Platform China Artist Residency based in Beijing, China (2010). Number 8 Collective have just completed the project, Un Litro de Agua, a 2 month residency at Casa Tres Patios, this involved exhibiting the works of 10 New Zealand artists and community workshops in Medellin, Colombia.