I am a senior creative currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. Design, Illustration, Art and Photography are my greatest passion, and I love them as a means to bring stories and characters to life. To create my work I use my computer and wacom, colour pencils, graphite, inks or watercolours and often mix everything together.
I have worked internationally as a designer and illustrator for over 20 years, and I am highly experienced in conceptual and visual story telling, brand development and visitor experience design. I have lived in Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand, worked for boutique design agencies and clients directly (local and overseas) and ran my own design studio and art gallery with offices in Germany and Hong Kong.
My illustrations are influenced by my love for quirky characters, comics, monsters, big eyes, big heads, dots, tentacles, our natural environment and old people. You can find more of my character designs and doodles here on my www.pixiepencil.com page. As a nature lover, environmentalist, sea kayaker and forest hiker, I also love to paint and photograph all sorts of large and small flora and fauna with pencils or watercolour to highlight the beautiful world we live in. My handcrafted works are regularly featured in exhibitions, and I also sell some art-prints in my Etsy Shop.
2019 – Mairangi Arts Center – Solo exhibition
2019 – Estuary Arts Gallery – Tutors exhibtion, Auckland
2018 – Selected artist for the Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition
2017 – Thievery Studios, Auckland
2017 – Treelines – Botanical Gardens, Auckland
2014 – Damina Gallery – Group exhibition, Hong Kong
2012 – SDA Skate Deck Art, Beijing
2009 – ufo artgallery – Opening exhibition, Hong Kong
2008 – Deutsche Bank, Germany
2008 – Bedürfnisanstalt – Group exhibition with ‘Wondertom’, Germany
2016 – Red Awards Sushi Ninja Express Illustrations
2015 – Best Design finalist Annual Report for thl
2014 – Best Design finalist Brand Development AKL Kindergarten
2014 – Gold Award Annual Report Hallenstein Glassons
2012 – Book of Japan – ‘Jane Black’ illustrated story
2010 – Low Art Magazin – Featured artist
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