Meet the Artists

Justine Hawksworth

Justine Hawksworth is an Auckland based artist working from her studio in Mount Eden. Her work seeks to resurface memories of childhood summers.
Hawksworth's practice is quintessentially kiwiana. Using recycled marine charts as her inspiration and her backdrop, the artist carefully illustrates classic icons from the kiwi summer onto the seascape - dinghys, tui, snapper, nikau and kina. These drawn works celebrate the beauty of the everyday, those things in nature which us locals may take for granted. Hawksworth works predominantly in acrylic and pencil and there is a charming quality to her illustrative style.
Justine Hawksworth graduated in 1992 from Elam School of Fine Arts with a Bachelors Degree majoring in Applied Design. In 1996 she attended Auckland College of Education to gain a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary). She subsequently taught Art and Design at Macleans College, Bucklands Beach, Auckland.

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Anabelle McCusker

Anabelle McCusker is originally from the South Island, Te Wai Pounamu, and now lives in Whananaki, near the Tutukaka coast . She balances primary school teaching and Potting with running a summertime, beachside cafe. Most of her work is wheel thrown in her garden, from Waikato stoneware clay. She learnt to pot through the Auckland Studio Potters who are an eclectic community of clay enthusiasts. She likes long walks on the beach, the smell of rain on the hot ground, and strong black coffee in a handmade cup. 

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M Francis McCarthy

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M Francis' paintings are poetic, conveying  emotions of tranquility and peace.  They have glowing color reflecting  beauty and harmony. These painting create a refuge from the hectic, stress filled life most of us face in the modern age. Images of the landscape draped in veils of mystery and twilight remind us of natures powerful ability to heal and refresh our tired spirits.

Michael works in the style of Tonalism, inspired by the great painters of the 18th century like George Inness, John Francis Murphy and Charles Warren Eaton while also being influenced and inspired by modern art movements.

Pete Cernis

Letter from John Ward RA CBE (1917 – 2007)

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion — all in one.

You do have an eye and can see. Bless you.”

Art is a language of self expression contained within the reach of one’s technical skills and sensitivity. I journey towards extending and deepening that reach, travelling with no destination, expectation or intent of arrival. My pieces are simply the crystallisation of moments travelled – reflecting learning and my sense of natures beauty and human sensitivity.
My thanks go to The Florence Academy, London Academy of Representational Art (LARA) and Camberwell for my formal training and to those artist/teachers (most notably Karn Holly and Martin Yeoman) for showing me how they ‘see’.

However…..they are just a few of the ingredients.

Home is Russell – Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Fellow Royal Society of Arts ( FRSA ). Master degrees in business, science and art (MBA, MSc, MA). Licentiate Photographic Society New Zealand (LPSNZ) Teacher in the fundamentals of drawing.

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Carl Calitz

I am a young artist just starting out my career as a sculptor
I believe that being creative is something that comes from within and not learned at school. I went on to study art through practical experience, learning through trial and error and self-learning.
I have always had a love for all things steel and I have used my experience as a mechanical design engineer within the architectural building services industry to translate my ideas into physical steel products. In the last few years there has been a push towards the raw steel and concrete look in modern architecture. I have incorporated this into my art pieces.
Thanks for taking an interest in my art pieces.

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Di West 

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I was born in New Zealand and immigrated with my family to Australia at the age of  three. In mid 2016, my husband and I returned to my homeland of New Zealand and  have settled in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Northland. 

After a career in Interior Design, I finished a Certificate in Fine Art and a Diploma in  Fine Art, from the Brisbane Institute of Art. In 2002, I finished a Master in Fine Art  Degree completed at the QUT, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Australia. 

I am a painter and sculptor and for me, art is about observing. In my paintings I love  the captured moment, and in sculpture my focus is always one of optimism, often  showing challenges in life and about things to aspire to............with an injection of  humour and playfulness. 

I am fortunate to have won many awards for my paintings and sculpture and I work  towards Solo and Group exhibitions each year; my art practice is always evolving. My  work is held in major Art Galleries in New Zealand and Australia and is in many  corporate and private collections.

Ruth West 

I started painting when I came to retire in Paihia, after working  many years in the Auckland business world. 

At first, I used acrylic paint on paper or a small canvas, but quickly  realised I needed much larger canvas plus charcoal, oil crayons and  sometimes collage, to express the free style of art that seems to  suit me best. 

The joy of being an artist is that now, I really see the environment  around me. Especially clouds, but gardening, tramping in the bush  and sailing also make up my life, so shapes and forms, colour  harmony, balance and textures feature prominently in my  paintings. 

I love earthy colours and strong forms. Nothing delicate here. I try to convey the feeling of a recognisable subject, without  getting into much detail.

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Sue Carmont

Sue Carmont  has been creating & sewing objects from an early age. She specialises in textile art, making Poseur dolls, teacup pincushions and embroidered wall art. Sue has been influenced by two grandmothers, one a seamstress the other an artist .Her adult working career began in the display departments of several large Auckland stores, firstly as a window dresser and later as a signwriter.
Sue’s doll making evolved over time in the 1990’s with help from her late father who was head of Design at Crown Lynn Potteries. Sue now runs her own studio/gallery on Waiheke Island

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Maggie Murray-Lee

Maggie Murray-Lee is based in Keri  Keri. She grew up in Auckland and after studying languages at university went to Europe. During her ten years in Paris, she worked at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and taught herself photography.  Later, when posted to the Kampuchean emergency operation in Thailand, UNICEF acknowledged her photographic and written work. She was subsequently posted to the West and Central African region to report on the situation of women and children in the world’s poorest countries.
Maggie’s photographs were published by Associated Press in media around the world as well as in numerous UNICEF and United Nations publications. She has held solo exhibitions in New York, Abidjan, Auckland and Kerikeri and participated in UNICEF and United Nations group exhibitions in New York, Europe, Africa and Asia.
After working for UNICEF for 29 years she returned to New Zealand and took up watercolour painting, studying under Ted Sherwen in Mairangi Bay and Lena Zankl in Kerikeri.  More recently she moved on to oil painting.  Her work is mostly of Northland’s coastal scenes and has been sold to Germany, France, the US, Australia and NZ.

Mike Regan

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Mike Regan A friend invited me to join her Hastings pottery night class, but I scoffed; I didn’t want to play with mud. However, one night in 1979, I inadvertently walked through the class door and my whole life flashed before me. I knew I was going to be a potter. Three months later I bought a kick wheel, three months after that some land in the Hokianga. My apprenticeship was making and cutting up pots to see how well thrown they were, and I learnt to fire a diesel kiln.

I moved to the Hokianga in 1980 and built a two-chambered climbing wood-fired kiln with my only experience in kiln building being reading books. I sourced earthenware clay from Whangarei’s Northland Craft Trust, making planters and domestic ware before gradually using more stoneware. Working 15-hour days, seven days a week just to survive took its toll and I quit potting at the end of 1988 to become a journalist. My love for pottery never died and now it’s time to have more fun with different clays, explore theirs and my potential.

I still love the effects on pots of fly ash from wood firings and use the Northland Craft Trust’s kiln two-to-three times a year. My last exhibition at the Trust’s Yvonne Rust Gallery, which ended the day before the March 2020 Covid lockdown, was based on anagama-style [heavily ashed] work from that kiln. I am currently on the Northland Craft Trust board.

Spid - the photographer

Life’s Theatre  

Authentic, approachable, down-to-earth, relaxed, professional.  Bought up on a farm at Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains, Spid learned early that  friendships make the world go around, you make your luck with hard work  and to get anywhere you have to collaborate with others to find the best  possible solutions.  

He was surrounded by classic Kiwi characters, quirky humour and a healthy  dose of banter. It all rubbed off on Spid and is still part of the package.  Spid started taking the family photographs when he was 8 years old because  his mum always pressed the shutter so hard the camera dipped and when the  photos came back everyone’s heads had been cut off. He put the money from  his first after-school job into buying an SLR camera and his career path was  set.  

Spid was largely self-taught until he arrived in London in 1992 and attended  the Drill Hall Art School. When he returned to New Zealand he won a study  grant from the Ronald Woolf Memorial Trust, which he used to study graphic  and photographic design.  

He has that incredible skill of drawing the viewer into his work through design  and he has spent years perfecting his craft. 

In his personal work, Spid is always seeking something different. He loves  those theatrical subjects and life’s classic moments. This is his true passion:  life’s theatre.  

Along the way, he has been selected from thousands of submissions by  photographers worldwide for the next Lürzer's Archive 2020/2021 edition.  Spid is proud to have created stunning images for fantastic companies and  produced exquisite art prints that grace the walls of many happy customers.

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Anna Jacobi 

Anna loves oars, a passion evolved from her love of sailing, sea life, nature and art. She has specialized in painting wooden nautical oars and collects character antique wooden oars, decorating them with paint, textured materials and decoupage. She enjoys the use of design, colour, interesting textures and space on both old and new oars, incorporating a unique nautical look.

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Israe Paraone

Master of Art and Design (Hons), DipEd
“Where there is artistic excellence, there is human dignity”

Who am I?
I live in this world as a Maori Toltec Tohunga (carver shaman), artist, philosopher, and researcher; as such I leave ‘Marks’, signs of passage, a record in time…

What are Toltec, Tohunga, Maori carver, shaman, and artist?
For me these mean that I follow four agreements.

  • Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth.

  • Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.

  • Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.

  • Under any circumstance simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Where do I work and why do I live and work here?
I live/work in the Bay of Islands Aotearoa (New Zealand) and this I believe is because I am deposit here; (like leaves under trees, shells on a beach).

When did I come here? In the early 90’s

How do I approach my work?
Abjectly; beyond meaning, this impossibly, almost always finds a place within those who engage with my work.

Why is it that I work in the way that I do?
In the hope of achieving signs of passage a record in time…

I am Maori, Ngati Awa-Tuhoe: Culturally I am a practitioner of Whakairo (Maori Cultural Arts) a Weapons and Tiki maker, not in a soldiers sense, I make weapons to accompany travellers in “other realms”, (dreams, other countries; away from home), and I fabricate Tiki because it is a symbol of life from light.

I have been described as being lunar, circular, and ethereal. On encountering me for the first time you may find yourself tempted by openness, experiencing a sensation of floating, for I am located in water, an oceanic personality.

I am Passionate, relentless and determined in my endeavours. There is a drive to be as much as I am. This is demonstrated in my approach, discipline and willingness to share and make contributions, and also to learn and be inspired by the best. I am driven by a thinking intellect, guided by my intuitions.

I strive for understanding; seeking the gravity behind all peak experience. I reach out for what might be the Meta-type, rather than the Proto-type.

I demonstrate an ability to connect and communicate with others, and I consider my approach to be person centred and empathic. This approach has been validated through formal training.

Students have appreciated my expertise and knowledge of artistic materials contexts and methodologies. This is supported by knowledge of process and planning strategy in the study and production of art and design.

My personal narrative is provocation by inspiration, and integration. Being subliminally analytical, a myth tickler with a comedy of satirical and lascivious event horizons, I also convey a feeling of the archaeological, a passion for texture realized.

Geologically rhythmic, volcanic, I unearth the architecture that is my desire to be found, experienced; surface semantics, the vision of myself I place forward is to be perceived as a visceral serendipity.

Specialties: academic: MA art and design semiotics/Maori Cosmology
Artistic: glass caster, Maori carver (whakairoiro), researcher
Art psych: whakairo makatu (psychology/philosophy), identity specialist, councillor, mentor, life coach


Mark Daniells

A visual collection of stunning scenes from the Pacific and beyond. Drawing inspiration from his life spent in Micronesia, Hawaii and Aotearoa, Mark Daniells captures the beauty of the world in all its shades of color. 


Jasmine Keir

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Oxidized Copper Artist

My 20-year career as a full time artist in a variety of mediums has enabled me to participate in art events and exhibits in galleries throughout New Zealand. My most recent love has settled with copper which I process using many procedures. The colors I can achieve using a vast variety of ingredients to oxidize has become my passion for the last 6 years… the magpie in me collects all manner of objects to embellish my works offering a completely unique contemporary art piece each time.

As I travel it has generated a genuine interest and love for my surroundings. Through the delivery of using beautifully changeable copper I am able to express my interest of our connection and growth in relation to our natural environment and the connection between man and his impact… or lack of impact, the lapsing of time forming history changes in habitats and behavior.

For something lighthearted I adore using the way our human tongue creates a play on words or when I get that earworm song lyric or title of a song which sits inside my head for days like a little beating drum, I release it by breathing life into it using my hands and tools.

I marvel at the magnificent space, light and clarity that N.Z. offers us. I marvel also at the details in the smallest of pebbles in the darkest corners. I can’t help but pause to observe minute patterns that hide wrapped in the cloak of large wide-open spaces. I delight to spend a while wondering where the folklore people live… I find this an easy pleasure to transfer to my art pieces.

I deliver to you works of a rugged raw industry finish, often set off with delicate embellishments to highlight our earths precious and near forgotten ‘gifts’.

Allow yourself to travel into landscapes deep within.

Thank you for your interest.


Jonthan Foley

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In 2008, following a 35-year career in the advertising industry, I furfilled a long-held ambition to learn the art of sculpture and enrolled as a student at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, Sydney, Australia’s oldest Atelier-based school.

During my five-year student journey, working with the highly regarded sculptor and teacher, Wendy Black, I gained proficiency in most traditional sculptural mediums.

In 2015 I was invited to join the TBSSS Board and served for a total of 3 years until my relocation to Kerikeri, New Zealand.

In 2016 I began focussing on Marble Carving, participating in a TBSSS intensive workshop with Carrara, Italy-based Master Carver; Alnassar. I have since participated in two further intensive marble carving workshops with this internationally renowned teacher.  


I have exhibited in several group shows in Sydney and more recently at Studio 19, Kerikeri. Selected work is currently held at Parnell Gallery, Auckland and The Bay of Islands Trading company, Russell.


During 2019 I Chaired the organising committee for the 6th annual Kerikeri Open Arts Studio Trail held over Labour Weekend.

2020 Selected Finalist, Waiheke Small Sculpture Awards.


My work is held in private collections in New Zealand, Brazil, Australia and the U.S.A


Helen Cooper

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Helen Cooper was born in Cornwall, UK, hence her love of all things to do with the sea. She studied Textile Design and Design Management at Manchester University specialising in printed textiles. After working freelance she went to Exeter University and trained as an art teacher. After 25 years of teaching in secondary schools in the UK and NZ, Helen left education in 2019 to start The Bay of Islands Trading Co. with her husband Adam.