I was born and grew up in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.
Unable to attend art school as a school leaver, I completed a Bachelor of Arts at Canterbury University, then found a creative outlet in working with food, forging a successful career in the hospitality and baking industries. Early retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of being an artist. I enrolled in a four year degree course in Visual Art & Design, graduating as Top Research Student. I have been a finalist in National Award shows including the Molly Morpeth and National Contemporary Art Awards and exhibited in numerous solo and group shows.
In 2017 I set up Muse, a contemporary art gallery, where I curate and exhibit work by other artists as well as my own. I was invited to exhibit internationally in 2018 at IIDE in Brussels. I currently divide my time between running the gallery and working in my studio.