Possibly the most visually striking way to express your connection to your heritage is through facial tattoo – moko kauae and moko kanohi. I’m interested in finding out why Maori are embracing this ancient tradition in our contemporary world and documenting the diverse faces and stories of our people through a new series of portrait paintings…
The prestigious $15,000 first prize award was taken out by Stephen Martyn Welch from TVNZ’s ‘The Sitting’ fame with his self portrait entitled 3 Nights, A Mirror & Loads of Coffee.
My oil portrait entitled The Other Sister was chosen as a finalist (3rd year running!) and won People’s Choice Award in the Christchurch leg of the touring finalists’ exhibition.