Friday, 7 November 2014

Conference Logo

My design for the 2015 NZSTI conference in Wellington.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Cute Logo for a Great Enterprise!

I was approached by my niece to design a logo for her creative venture which needed an internet presence and strong branding. After looking at her beautiful handmade gifts, it was clear that a cute, pretty logo was required and she steered me in the direction of windmills.

After playing around with the concept, we settled on a colour scheme and windmill motif that was both versatile and in keeping with the business. I experimented with various textures and treatments and was amazed at how many suited the general design.

Here are just a few of the possible applications and variations on a theme. Berry Mill Designs now uses the motif shown here on the mug for their Facebook icon. It's always satisfying to see designs working well for others!

Click here to find out more about Berry Mill Designs.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Going Dotty

I was inspired to create this dotty design after working with a class of children who were studying Georges Seurat. When I started, I had no idea how I wanted the artwork to look. All I knew is that I wanted to fill the canvas with as many perfect, uniform dots as possible. It was a hypnotic experience and a method of working that felt incredibly liberating.

The final piece graces my newly painted hallway which also provided the inspiration for the colour palette. I don't think I'm finished with dots just yet but it's very refreshing to step away from the computer to work again with paint on canvas! Happy Days!!

Friday, 1 November 2013


Here is another 'inside-out' inspired artwork. Initially crafted in ink whilst sitting in Wellington Central Library, I later brought it to life in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This piece is a lot more detailed that the house study finished previously but as I push the bar higher, so I find my skills being honed. I'm very pleased with the results - It's almost akin to an 'I Spy..' book!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Going Digital

Having now graduated as a graphic designer, I thought it appropriate to put my new skills into action! Still fixated on houses and working in ink, I transformed this detailed A5 sketch into a full-colour illustration that would look quite at home in a children's book.

Thanks to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, this was an exciting journey indeed - happy days!!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Landscapes: Inside Out

I get ideas for my art from many places. This pencil and ink study was inspired by research I'd carried out on the artistic styles and philosophies of Jackson Pollock and Patricia Van Lubeck. I was keen to discover more about myself and the artwork represents a snapshot of my life, based on the values that are important to me in this very moment. The composition is full of symbolism and semiology and I'm sure the viewer will add their own ideas to the potential meanings that lie beneath.

I would like to thank Patricia for taking the time to answer my research questions and encourage you to check out her work - she's amazing!

Pa, this one's for you. In memory of Keith Wilson (1934-2011). With love.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

A Family Portrait

It's a lovely feeling when someone praises your work and requests one for their wall. This commission was the result of a conversation with a good friend who wanted a 'houses' picture to enjoy at home. 

I love creating these intricate designs and take the time to ensure that each dwelling has its own flavour. To me, they are like people and I try to give them their own personalities.

I suggested that we make the houses represent members of her family. After discussing the special people in her life, I worked from photos to capture the essence of each individual. 

I tucked myself away for several days to work on this 7x5 inch drawing. I was completely absorbed in it and found it an emotional experience. It's a wonderful feeling to be so connected with your creations!

My friend was delighted with the final artwork and will cherish it forever. For me, it's my favourite piece to date.