I have always, always, always told stories. When I look back over the almost 30 years of my life that I have put images out into the world through exhibitions in galleries, they have always been supported by research, writing, and a story to tell.
Writing a graphic novel has been on my mind for seven of these years. The last two years finally gave me a story, the research, the determination, and the circumstances to start writing (and drawing). I love the process and challenge of combining word and image, honing writing skills, and learning the art of weaving a good story!
Koekoeā Studio is the graphic and digital branch of what I do. I still draw and paint and this practice informs my work here where I am focused on graphic work and visual storytelling through the graphic novel and video formats.
The koekoeā is the long-tailed shining cuckoo from Aotearoa New Zealand. They are a significant bird for our family and I have always identified with its “outsider” status. Not often seen, and seen as a foreigner, its unique “outsider” position, which isn’t always a comfortable one, affords it the chance to learn and bring knowledge wherever it goes.
The bi-product of story-telling in this format is the digital and ink work that I am creating. Digital prints can be purchased from me in the store.