When I was young I was encouraged to paint by my father and grandmother. My great grandfather was a painter and I still have some of his water colours. I painted up until I was about 15 years old and then did an apprenticeship in French polishing. I found French polishing utilised some of my painting skills in graining and colour matching. I never really did any more art painting until my mid 50s but I did a lot of other forms of art including wood carving, wood turning, pottery/ ceramics.
I'm a keen sailor and have owned a boat most of my life, and crewed on many friends' boats, including classic yachts – this is a theme that comes through in a lot of my paintings. I am also keen on history, especially the history of sailing and sailing ships, which is something I like to paint a lot.
As a sailor, I do a lot of coastal sailing and take a lot of photos of New Zealand scenery, which is the basis of most of my art. I like to paint the things that make New Zealand unique and I like to try to capture some of the magic in those scenes, in the unique light at a particular time of day, an interesting cloud formation, the many moods of the ocean, to try to bring a sense of the beauty that I see.