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“I love Aotearoa (the Māori name for New Zealand) and my carved paintings aim to exhibit elements of the heritage and cultures that shape me.”
"Ayaka" is the first landscape Carved Geisha ever painted. She is the second kneeling figure and the also the first to hold a katana or sword. She wears Pounamu or greenstone earrings and kneels on a woven mat. Silhouettes of mountains can be seen in the distance. This is a 1/1. Painted in 2017.
"Piki Takata" was the largest Carved Geisha I had painted at the time. Following a trip I had taken to Hawaii to help with the Street Art festival Pow!Wow!, I was inspired to paint larger than I ever had. The physical art piece measured 1500mm x 1000mm. Piki Takata was exhibited in a number of shows and also travelled to the likes of Beijing from New Zealand to be on display at the National Art Museum of China (2019) She managed to make it back to New Zealand just before the first Covid19 lockdown. She then traveled to Queenstown where she now resides with her new home. This is a 1/1. Painted in 2018.
"Sakura" was my second Carved Geisha ever painted. She was the first full-body standing portrait in this style. The Pacific designs on her gown are a nod towards the traditional Māori tiki design which can be subtly seen. This is a 1/1. Painted in 2016.