Being OurselvesBeing Ourselves

Being Ourselves

As an artist, I value my integrity and identity - my authenticity – honouring the various aspects of my personality that together make up "me".


I believe that the term "Judgement" is misunderstood by most people. This is a big topic, and I am not trying to give a comprehensive analysis of teaching on the subject, but rather to try and share something of the peace and confidence I find in this whole topic.
My BeliefsMy Beliefs

My Beliefs

There is a “spiritual” dimension to life that transcends the physical, psychological and emotional realities. I believe that God exists, and that man is essentially a spirit being in a physical body, having a soul.


There are so many aspects to relationships and so much has been written elsewhere that I just want to touch on what I consider to be the essence of relationships.


Some time ago, when asked to contribute some thoughts to someone who was writing an article on how artists can "use a website to promote their artwork", I found it quite interesting to examine my own motives and to consider what role my use of a web site had played in my art, and whether it had met my original expectations. I would like to share my conclusions.


Success is not a matter of having money or possessions, nor is it a matter of having power or recognition. True success is found in being a totally integrated – "whole" – human being.
What is Art?What is Art?

What is Art?

As I have improved my own skills and developed more of a personal style, I have gradually come to have a personal definition of what art is - and what it is not. I am not trying to suggest that I have the "correct" view on the subject, but my opinion quite naturally affects the subjects I choose and the way in which I work.
What Is Value?What Is Value?

What Is Value?

How can we conduct our liveseffectively and with integrity, especially in business,unless we understand “Value”. It is only when we know we are producing something of value that we get a sense of purpose, satisfaction and fulfilment. So what is “Value”?

A Personal Viewpoint

This is where I offer some of my thoughts, beliefs and commentary on life in general. Please take a look at the links to the left. In the meantime, have a chuckle over this cartoon:

It has been said, "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat!"


This cartoon was originally published in the NZ Listener on page 8 of the issue of 21st October 1989.  Presented here with permission.


Being a collector of interesting stuff, I kept it because I thought it to be funny yet profound. It depicts a rat crawling from the sewer and evolving upright to become human. Then on discovering money, he degenerates back to a rat, and falls back into the sewer from which he came!


To get it to work as an animation, some minor alterations were necessary.


I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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