“Miniature Pare or doorway lintel from whare whakairo (carved meeting house). Again the theme of this pare is Matariki central figure surrounded by her six daughters smaller faces. In a way an attempt to depict/acknowledge a spiritual/heavenly other worldly body in an earthly/physical form.”
“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”
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