With a painting on show at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Oceania exhibition, RACHAEL FUNNELL finds out what drives this artist
When did you first discover that art was your passion?
I first tried my hand at art in school in New Zealand, after moving from my native country Niue. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until I turned 18 I decided I wanted to be an artist.
Did you receive any formal training?
I never went to art school but, when I was growing up, I was surrounded by poets and painters. They were encouraging. Once I discovered my passion for art, I began writing poetry, which led to painting and, later, printmaking. I’ve never had a “normal” nine-to-five job. It took me a long time to start making a living from it – almost 12 years.
What inspires your work?
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