Since I was a child I have always had a deep connection with the ocean and marine life. A formative memory from this period is standing on a cliff, watching a mother humpback whale nursing her newborn calf in the ocean below. Growing up in Hawke’s Bay, I was encouraged to pursue my love of art, particularly sculpture and carving. Studying both Art and te reo Māori gave me the opportunity to develop as an artist, particularly in media such as bone and wood. After receiving a Master of Arts in English Literature with Honours from Auckland University in 1998, I became an English teacher, and I currently teach at King’s College in Otahuhu. I love to work in salvaged tōtara and sustainably-harvested swamp kauri, and often incorporate metals such as copper into my pieces. With each unique work, I hope to reflect the grace and beauty of marine animals, and uncover the textures and tactility of our native timbers.