‘Painting has always been my place of solitude and peace.
It was after my Grandmother Iliganoa Lela’ulu passed away in the late 1980’s that I truly began to explore the emotional places painting took me, looking deeper into the feelings behind the layers of paint.
I have been exhibiting solo since 1996 and participating in group shows since 1990 in New Zealand, Europe, New Caledonia and Rarotonga. I’ve always had a fascination with painting people, but have recently begun to paint miniature landscapes of Rarotonga. I enjoy the intimacy of the smaller size.
In 2006, I was awarded the Creative New Zealand | Cook Islands Ministry Of Cultre Artist in Residence in Rarotonga. I also received my Masters of Arts in Therapy, with First Class Honours. In 2012, I received first class honours for my Clinical Masters of Arts in Therapy.
Rarotonga became my home in 2012.’
- 2015: Bloody Mosquitos, LBV, Rarotonga.
2013: Passing Glimpses, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
2012: RESPECT, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
2011: Snapshots of Rarotonga from the back of my Bike, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
2010: In the House of my Heart, The Art Studio, Rarotonga.
2008: Dusky Vixens, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland.
2005: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch.
2001: If Theres Something To Be Stolen, I Steal It, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland.
2001: Sorrowful Scars Become Us, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland.
2000: The Silence Within, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland.
- 2018: MPA#1, Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga.
2013: To Be Pacific, Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne.
2012: Cook Islands Pacific Forum, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
2011: Metamorphis, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
2009: Pan Pacific, Hawaii.
2008: Samoa Contemporary, Pataka Museum, Wellington.
2007: Measina Fa Fafine, Art Station, Auckland.
2007: The Artist Room, Dunedin.
2006: The Annual Vaka Eiva Show, The Art Studio, Rarotonga.
2005: Alchemy + Meaning.
2004: Fatu I le ele’ele (seed of the earth), Whitespace Gallery, Auckland.
2003: A Tribute To Western Samoa, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch.
2000: Contemporary Art Biennial, Tribaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia.