Get in the Sun

    Living off the grid you learn to adjust your behaviour to minimise your power usage. So during a week of blazing sunshine it was something of a surprise to run out of power! At Hou Ngahere we have a basic but very effective solar system. Starting with just the two panels (on the… Continue reading Get in the Sun

Unintended consequences

Places that changed my life: A few years ago, with a group of neighbours, I spent 8 days on the yacht called the ‘Breaksea Girl’ travelling through the Fiordland National Park in the World Heritage Area. We went from Doubtful to Dusky Sound. Sailing through these majestic waterways which included a stint on the Southern Ocean. Sailing with a… Continue reading Unintended consequences

“Wild South” goes to Auction

“Wild South” the high seas from Wellington’s South Coast is my newest painting hot off the easel. This, along with these other two, “Drylands” and “Southerly Approaching”, will be going under the hammer at the Island Bay School Art Auction on Friday, theres an online process too, so you dont even have to come to… Continue reading “Wild South” goes to Auction

Cliftons Art Prize

For the past few years I’ve had the honour of being one of the Judges for the Cliftons Art Prize. Centred on the major cities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong there are regional prizes for each city and one overall winner. The entries are always very diverse which makes the judging more… Continue reading Cliftons Art Prize

Reach for the Sky…

Getting into the clear air and bright light, the places we rarely go…..our aspirations  ‘Reach for the Sky’ – the Southern Alps near Mt Cook, oil on canvas, 60 x 120cm  PLACE Once in a while You may come across a place Where everything Seems as close to perfection As you will ever need. And… Continue reading Reach for the Sky…

Coming home

Places where the heart lives…. “When you love something like reading — or drawing or music or nature — it surrounds you with a sense of connection to something great. If you are lucky enough to know this, then your search for meaning involves whatever that Something is. It’s an alchemical blend of affinity and… Continue reading Coming home

The Altar of this Moment

As I set off walking the dog this morning there was a quiet stillness in the air and the sky was on fire. We went down the hill to the beach. Kuri loves the beach its something about the vital energy there that seems to bring out her inner puppy and she plays in the washed… Continue reading The Altar of this Moment