We get the feeling that nature might be an influence on your art. Where or who do you draw inspiration from?
Yes very much, I work best with my surroundings. My surroundings are a big inspiration, from the colours, textures, movements and even sound. Living out in the Waitakere Ranges was a big part of where my inspiration came from.
I would be constantly surrounded by this insane lush native bush right in my backyard. I couldn’t not paint it, I had the opportunity to share my own interpretation of what I saw through my eyes. I wanted the viewer to get lost within the paintings and feel as if they had stepped into another world or share that same feeling as I did painting it.
You’re a woman with many different hats, an artist; model, – how do you find balance in your day to day life?
It definitely comes with practice, I think balance is very important. I do constantly have a very busy schedule running to castings, shoots, while having a painting half finished and working.
I find that being present is important, I walk everyday which is my meditation in a way, and I find myself walking around nature listening to music or even just listening to the birds and the sounds of nature that has to offer.
That feeling of being grounded and being in that present moment. I love that feeling so much and that to me is my balance between working and painting. I would feel so lost if I didn’t have that.