I enjoyed looking at alot of Hawaiian shirts when researching for this print. It was inspiring to see how many different aspects of beach life are depicted on these
shirts. I thought a New Zealand version would feature the distinctive ti or cabbage trees instead of palm trees. Often the surf is hard to reach on some of our New Zealand beaches, so I wanted to show a surfer making his journey to catch a wave. There is also a nod to the home of Kaleo Designs with the landmark hole in the rock (Motukokako island).
I was fortunate enough to discover my love of drawing and painting at art class in high school and felt drawn to pursue an artistic career. I moved from the family farm where I was raised to Auckland to study graphic design at Auckland Institute of Technology. My first creative jobs were in home decor, painting ceramics for several Auckland tableware companies. I loved seeing how a decorative design could sell a product. In 2014, after about a decade in the graphic design field, I got re-acquainted with the field of surface pattern design and since then have had some wonderful opportunities to develop my work in this direction. I love going for walks in nature and my patterns often get inspired by what I discover there. I observe and photograph plants that catch my eye, and if possible collect specimens to draw back in my studio.
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