Photographer, Designer, Jeweller & Soaper
Growing up in New Zealand, I always wanted to do creative things.
I studied art and textile design at school and then went on to train as a graphic designer/photographer, gaining a Degree in Graphic Design in 1989. After graduating I lived in Victoria, British Columbia for 5 years, working in the design and advertising world while also doing a fair bit of exploring the wilderness there. On moving back to Wellington, I worked with a collective of like-minded creatives, designers, illustrators and writers for several years before moving to the Falklands in 2001. I instantly started doing more photography and offset this by working on graphic design projects for a variety of local businesses.
I opened Studio 52 in 2010 to showcase my photographic imagery and graphic design creations. My practice spans photography, design, jewellery and soaping. I started creating jewellery pieces in 2010, gaining a Diploma in Silver Metal Clay while also developing graphics for my homeware and print design ranges. I have just successfully completed an Advanced Diploma in Fine Jewellery with the Jeweller's Academy in London, it has been an exciting and challenging couple of years.
I have produced several community art and photographic exhibitions to raise money for local charities. The first in 2014 was called "Falkland Framed", each local artist was given a frame with which they had to create a Falkland-themed piece of art. The works were all auctioned at the completion of the exhibition. The Second was "A-Z of the Falklands", I created a large industrial indoor installation. I have subsequently run three "Essence of Our Community" outdoor photographic exhibitions, the latest exhibition ran over the summer of 2023. This installation was displayed along the front road in Stanley and was printed onto large metal panels, it was a collaboration of photographers' work, including my own, each with a Falklands theme.
Whether I’m out and about capturing photos, creating jewellery, designing graphics, or making soap, my inspiration is right on the doorstep. I'm passionate about creating and making things and ideas can pop up at any time in any place. There is always so much to capture and share from around the Islands,
I hope you enjoy my studio.