• The Selwyn Times interviewed me for an article, and you can read an interview with me in the 29 September edition on page 20
  • The Selwyn District Council interviewed my friend Asako Ridgen and me for a podcast about how our art has connected us to Selwyn

ABOUT ME: In 2015, I was a lawyer who didn’t know she would become an artist. When I took up linocut printmaking as a hobby in 2016, I never dreamed where it would take me. I now host workshops, have won awards, have co-founded a wonderful local artist group (Selwyn Artists Collective) and regularly sell and exhibit my work.

I grew up between Malaysia and New Zealand, and influences from both appear in my work. Prior to being a printmaker, I was a commercial lawyer for 15 years. I have a young family and a border-collie called Pippin. Pippin and I love going on walks through the Canterbury landscape – an endless source of inspiration.

MY ART: My current work explores the ways in which we see, consider and connect to the natural world around us.

My pieces are created by carving the image in a plate of lino, applying ink to the plate, and then burnishing the image by hand onto paper.  Coloured pieces are made from a single plate, which is progressively carved away between the addition of each different layer of coloured ink.  The moment when a print is peeled off the inked plate is exhilarating, and I find that people are fascinated by watching the process unfold.

Linocut printmaking appeals to me as it translates a drawn image vibrantly and vividly, presents interesting technical challenges along the way, and allows several pieces to be built off of one work.  I find it both highly controlled and unpredictable, and I love that a beautiful linocut can be made by any interested person.

The most heartening reaction to my art is when people say “it just encourages me to have a go myself”.

PREVIOUS Exhibitions and KEY EVENTS:

  • 2022 Awarded Malvern Business Award at Darfield Artweek
  • 2022 Artist in Residence for Takahe Magazine at Word Christchurch Festival
  • 2022 Exhibited at the following selected group exhibitions (1) Radical Botanical at Stoddart Cottage; (2) Te Mataaho: Viewfinder exhibition at Te Ara Atea (3) Annual West Melton art event at Nut Point; as well as other group exhibitions (4) Art at my Table event at Langdale Winery and Restaurant; (5) Selwyn Art Show at Rolleston; (6) Art and Soul exhibition at the Artist’s In;
  • 2021 Key note speaker for Business After Five event hosted by Selwyn District Council
  • 2021 Featured artist for the Selwyn Arts Series (providing artist talks and workshops)
  • 2021 Exhibited at group exhibitions at (1) Printer, Painter, Photograph-Maker at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens (2) Stoddart Cottage in Diamond Harbour; (3) Down by the Liffey Gallery in Lincoln; (4) Te Huanui Gallery in Darfield; (5) the Annual West Melton Art Event at Nut Point; and (6) Oxford Art Gallery
  • 2020 Co-founded Selwyn Artists Collective (a group for local artists that went on to win Silver at the Selwyn Awards the next year)
  • 2020 Featured artist by Selwyn District Council for the Selwyn Arts Festival (artist talks and workshops)
  • 2020 Exhibited at (1) Pigeon Bay Art Show and (2) Making an Impression at Te Huanui Gallery
  • 2019 Awarded Premier award at Darfield Art Week
  • 2018 Awarded Merit award at Darfield Art Week