Born 27.11.65, Omaruru, Namibia

From the age of 21 I had a strong inclination to learn the craft of jewellery making. This drive maintained me through several years of learning and experimenting. For three years I worked in the silversmiths workshop of Peter Meares. At the end of this time I was a finalist in the 'Young Contemporaries', Suter Gallery, Nelson and had a piece accepted for the Toowooba Jewellery Exhibition, Australia.

After the birth of my son in 1995 I started my own workshop and label 'Rinopai Ironworks' and released my first design through "The Vault" in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

Since then I have released new design ranges usually twice a year and am now represented by many fine galleries throughout New Zealand. My work has been a part of many group jewellery exhibitions in these galleries.

Currently I live with my partner Frith Wilkinson and our son Willow at our Parapara home near Collingwood in Golden Bay, New Zealand.

"Through the last decade of exploring design, nature has emerged as my muse. I am invigorated by its many complexities, intricacies, possibilities, and inspiration. Assimilating with a symbolist vernacular. I try to arrange these influences into a wearable object that contains a sense of origin. This is proving to be an engaging, simulating and ongoing challenge