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Smaller Intimate Cityscapes
The following panels show the diversity of old houses in Wellington. Each house is authentic but the settings are my own. Each panel used porcelain, ceramic and glass hand cut tiles on sign plywood. Please scroll down for more examples in this theme. Commissions welcomed. These panels would make good prints on art paper. Please inquire should you be interested.
Two Terrace Beauties
Ref: jsnz0761. September 2016. 75 hours work. Size: 600mm x 600mm. Both of these houses are from Thorndon. No. 62 of a series depicting the old houses of Wellington. The dog on the pavement is Jack and although he died in 2014, his shadow remains. This one is subtitled Jack's Shadow 9. The tree in front and the hedge and fence is raised to increase the depth of the finished panel. This panel was bought by a buyer from UK.
Inner City Living
Ref: jsnz0659. February 2013. 45 hours work. Size: 400mm x 400mm. This row of houses is in Tinakori Road, Wellington and are known locally as the "Painted Ladies of Tinakori Road" The panel is in a private collection.
Stately Ladies of Thorndon
Ref: jsnz0718. December 2013. Size 500mm x 500mm. 50hours work to complete. No.48 of a series featuring the old buildings of Wellington. Sold at the National NZ Exhibition of Modern Mosaics in 2015
Roofs of Aro Valley
Ref: jsnz0571. August 2011. Size: 500mm x 500mm 50 hours to complete. Sold
Ref: jsnz0505 October 2010. Size 700mm x 500mm. No.32 of a series featuring the old houses of Wellington. The dog is Jack, our dog, who likes to wander around the streets in his dreams! Sold
At the End of the Close
Ref: 0224 March 2006 Size 600mm x 600mm 30 hours to complete The small orange villa is an old miners cottage. Sold
Ref: jsnz0298 December 2006 Size: 700mm x 590mm 45 hours to complete No.15 of a series based on the old houses of Wellington. I just love that the houses are so individual in our city and this small white cottage sits next door to the grand yellow house. Sold
Ref: jsnz0244 July 2006 Size 400mm x 500mm 30 hours to complete The title refers to the native trees in the garden; the tree fern and cabbage tree. Sold
Study of Two
Refjsnz0775 January 2017 ize: 600mm x 600mm 69 hours to complete o.64 of a series featuring the old houses of Wellington. The panel has some raised detail work. anel has been sold
Ref: jsnz0776 March 2017 Size: 600mm x 600mm 70 hours to complete No.65 of a series based on the old houses of Wellington. This one features houses in Thorndon. This panel sold from exhibition 2018.
Relaxing in Thorndon
Ref: jsnz0777 April 2017 Size: 600mm x 600mm 71 hours to complete No.66 of a series featuring the old buildings of Wellington. Subtitled "Jacks Shadow 13". Trees, gates, fences and balconies raised work. This panel sold to buyer in London.
Hillside Living in Wellington
jsnz0827 November 2018 size: 400mm x 400mm 40hrs to complete
No.85 of a series featuring the houses of Wellington. The trees in the front are raised to provide depth to the panel. My later work features a lot of raised work. This panel is for sale.
These panels are panoramic and show the houses sitting on the hills around Wellington. The compositions of the panels are mine although each house is taken from a photograph. Please scroll down for more examples. Commissions welcome
Ref: jsnz0752. April 2016. Size 600mm x 1200mm. 125 hours to complete using hand cut tiles of porcelain, ceramic and glass on sign plywood. The view is representative of Wellington looking up the hills. This panel won 1st place in the 2-D category, 2nd overall and People's Choice award in the Magic of Mosaics National Exhibition, Orewa 2016. Was awarded People's Choice in New Zealand Academy of Fine Art Summer Exhibition, Wellington 2017. Sold March 2017
The Hills Are Alive
Ref: jsnz0730. September 2014. Size 600mm x 1200mm. 120 hours work to complete. No. 53 of a series based on the old houses of Wellington. This panel was completed shortly after the death of Jack our dog who gets into the mosaic should there be a pavement to walk on. This one is subtitled "Jacks Shadow". This mosaic sold at exhibition in Auckland, NZ 2015
Ref: jsnz0654. January 2013 Size 500mm x 700mm 65hours work. Taken from a photograph. No.44 of a series featuring the buildings of Wellington. Sold
Living On The Hills
Ref: 0724 April 2014 Size 600mm x 1200mm98 hours to complete No.50 of a series featuring the houses of Wellington Sold
Magic of Wellington
Ref: jsnz0735 August 2015 Size 600mm x 1200mm 125 hours to complete Subtitled "Jacks Shadow 3". Awarded 1st place for 2-D and overall 2nd place at NZ Magic of Mosaics Exhibition Pataka, Porirua. Sold
Island Bay View
jsnz0791 December 2017 size: 930mm x 430mm This panel is an outdoor piece and commissioned. It took 40 hours to complete.
Summer in the City
Ref: jsnz 0793 January 2018 Size: 1200mm x 400mm 94 hours to complete Panel features some of the older houses in Thorndon. Settings and gardens are my own. Parts of the panel are raised with two layers of tile. Jack is still there! This panel can be viewed in my Gallery. It is for sale.
Before The Fall
Ref: JSNZ 0778 June 2017 Size: 1200mm x 400mm 94 hours to complete Most of the panel features houses in Thorndon or Mount Victoria. The street setting is mine as are the gardens and trees. This panel sold from my Gallery.
jsnz0795 February 2018 size: 1200mm x 400mm 95hrs to complete This panel is No. 71 of a series featuring the old houses of Wellington. Most of these are in Thorndon. This panel is subtitles Jack Shadow 17. Although Jack died in 2014 his shadow still runs through my cityscapes. This panel won the Award for the best 2-D in the NZ Association of Modern Mosaics Exhibition, Orewa, 2018 and was sold from the exhibition.
jsnz0804 April 2018 size: 1200mm x 400mm 108hours to complete This panel features more of the old houses of Wellington. Nothing grand; just small kiwi villas we all take for granted but which are slowly disappearing. These villas can be found in Mt Victoria, Te Aro and Thorndon. Much of the mosaic is raised on two layers to help with depth. Jack’s Shadow still runs and this is subtitled Jacks Shadow 18. This panel won the Margaret Coupe Award in the New Zealand Association of Modern Mosaics exhibition, Orewa, in 2018 and was sold from the exhibition.
jsnz0826 October 2018 size: 1200mm x 400mm 108 hours to complete No. 84 of a series featuring the old houses of Wellington. Much of the panel in the foreground is raised on two levels. This is a continuing trend in my work. It adds depth to the work and added interest. Jack, my mascot. still runs the streets. This panel is Jack’s Shadow 19. This panel is on display in Gallery and is for sale.
Individual Vintage Villas
These photographs show a special series featuring iconic villas of Wellington. These houses were generally built in the Victorian age and used many native timbers. They were a common sight in our cities. Many have been lovingly restored. Others have been adapted to suit modern needs. Others, of course, have been pulled down to make way for 21st century city living. These, here on this page, are still recognizable and are treasured by their owners.
Konini Victorian Villa
jsnz0807 June 2018 size: 300mm x 300mm 33 hours to complete
jsnz0811 June 2018 size: 300mm x 300mm 32 hours to complete
This panel shows a double fronted villa on raised ground
Character Aro Valley
jsnz0810 June 2018 size: 300mm x 300mm 28 hours to complete
Early Wellington Villa
jsnz0808 June 2018 size: 300mm x 300mm 30 hours to complete
jsnz0806 June 2018 size: 300mm x 300mm 32 hours to complete
Vintage Wadestown Villa
jsnz0809 June 2018 size: 300mm x 300mm 32 hours to complete
jsnz0805 May 2018 size: 300mm x 300mm 30 hours to complete
A series of NZ birds in close-up. Scroll down to view more of these cheeky birds. Commissions welcome.
A Good Year
Ref: jsnz0524 September 2010 Size 500mm x 500mm 40 hours Private collection
Ref: jsnz0319 May 2007 Size 600mm x 600mm 40 hours work. Panel shows a group of tuis in a kowhai tree. Tui are nectar feeders and have irridescent black feathers. Early European Settlers named these birds "Parson birds" due to their collar of white feathers. They are excellent mimics and Maoris taught them to repeat words. Sold
Ref: jsnz0318 May 2007 Size 600mm x 630mm 40 hours work. Selected by Save the Children 2008 for greeting cards. Pukeko are generally flightless birds native to New Zealand which live in damp swamps. Sold
Ref: 0321 July 2007 Size: 600mm x 630mm 45 hours work. No.4 of a series of NZ birds. This panel shows a pair of pigeons called kereru. These are large and heavy birds which feed on the berries of native trees. For sale. POA
Follow My Leader
Ref: jsnz0471 October 2009 Size 400mm x 300mm 24 hours work Panel shows a pair of pukeko walking along the edge of a swamp. Sold
jsnz0790 November 2017 size: 600mm x 500mm 55hours to complete Panel shows my favourite birds feeding in a kowhai tree. A wonderful sign of Spring returning. This panel is for sale.
Tui Tui Gum Feast
jsnz0782 June 2017 size: 200mm x 400mm 25 hours to complete This panel was sold on the Kapiti Coast Arts Trail 2017
These panels were inspired by daily walks along Waikanae beach where, depending on the season, many species of birds were seen. Scroll down to see other panels in this series. Commissions welcome.
Ref: jsnz0322 July 2007 600mm x 610mm 45 hours work. Panel shows a crowd of pied oystercatchers on Waikanae beach. Private collection
Ref: jsnz0320 June 2007 Size 600mm x 630mm 45 hours work No.3 of a series. Panel shows Pied Stilts on Waikanae beach. Private collection
Ref: jsnz0430 April 2009 Size 400mm x 400mm Panel shows pied oystercatchers Sold
Ref: jsnz0434 May 2009 Size 400mm x 400mm Panel shows a flock of terns. Sold
Ref: jsnz 0756 June 2016 Size: 500mm x 400mm 46 hours to complete
This panel shows a group of pied oyster-catchers on Waikanae beach.
jsnz0794 January 2018 size: 200mm x 800mm 24hours to complete Panel shows a group of pied oystercatchers which are often seen on Waikanae beach. This panel is on display in my Gallery and is for sale.
These panels show people doing everyday activities often with a lot of panache! Commissions welcome.
Game On for the Sevens
Ref: jsnz0619 February 2012 Size 780mm x 500mm 60 hours work Panel depicts a group of rugby fans dressed in fancy dress for the Rugby Sevens. The costumes were seen over a number of years. The panel won the Margaret Coupe Award for humorous mosaics at the New Zealand Magic of Mosaics Exhibition 2013. The panel is for sale and is presently in my own Gallery. Enquiries welcome.
Ref: jsnz0556 March 2011 Size 600mm x 600mm 80 hours work Panel shows a crowd of fans in the stadium watching the game. The Santos family is in the back row! Sold
Our People, Our Land
Ref: jsnz0552 January 2011. Size 600mm x 600mm 50 hours work. Panel depicts faces of New Zealanders showing the diversity of genders, races, ages and characteristics of our land where we live. Panel awarded 2nd place in a national exhibition of Modern Mosaics Waihi 2011 Panel is for sale and is presently on view in my own Gallery.
Ref: jsnz0432 May 2009 Size 400mm x 400mm 20 hours work Panel shows my grandchildren on an outing in USA. Private collection
Our Special Place
Ref: jsnz0520 May 2010 Size: 350mm x 350mm 24 hours work. This small panel shows my grandchildren in a pohutukawa tree on a visit to Rotorua. There was dappled sunlight in the tree which shone on the gold tiles. ( not so easy to show in photograph). It was exhibited in Sydney, Australia as part of Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand where it was awarded Highly Commended. Private collection
Ref: jsnz0559 March 2011 Size 250mm x 250mm 24 hours work. This panel was exhibited in Hobart, Australia as part of Mosaic Association of Modern Mosaics where it sold.
Ref: jsnz0651 November 2012 Size 500mm x 890mm 65 hours work Panel shows my granddaughter resting on a tramp in the bush, under a macrocarpa tree, with the light striking the gnarled bark of the tree. She had wild unruly hair at the time and is carrying a rucksack. rivate collection
These panels show a series of flora in close-up. Commissions welcome.
Flowers of Kowhai
Ref: jsnz0284 October 2006 Size 600mm x 600mm 36 hours to complete No.2 of a series depicting the flora of NZ in close-up. The kowhai flowers in Spring and is the favourite nectar for tuis. rivate collection.
Ref: jsnz0283 October 2006 Size 600mm x 600mm 40 hours work No. 1 of a series depicting flowers in close-up. Private collection
Ref: jsnz0294 November 2006 Size 700mm x 500mm 40 hours work Panel shows the flowers of the NZ lily which blooms profusely in early summer. Private collection
Ref jsnz0316 April 2007 Size 600mm x 600mm 40 hours work Panel shows the flowers of the pohutukawa which flowers in summer around Christmas. Private collection
Ref jsnz0355 January 2008 Size 400mm x 400mm 25 hours work Private collection
In Praise of Agapanthus
Ref: jsnz0620 April 2012 Size 400mm x 400mm 24 hours to complete Commissioned piece
Beauty of Waterlillies
Ref: jsnz0229 April 2006 Size 500mm x 500mm 24 hours work Panel is raised in the centre. It was chosen by Save the Children for greeting cards in 2007. Sold
White Kakabeak Stripple
jsnz0762 September 2016 size: 200mm x 800mm 18 hours work to complete One of a series based on NZ flora.
Feast of Nature
These panels shows various subjects inspired by my own experiences. Scroll down to see other examples. Commissions welcome.
High Country Autumn
Ref: jsnz0374 April 2008 Size: 600mm x 600mm 37 hours work This panel was inspired by a trip to the high country on South Island during a bad drought hence the sheep looking mournful. The sheep are merinos. Private collection
Ref: jsnz0351 December 2007 Size 500mm x 900mm 30 hours work Commissioned piece.
Still Waters Run Deep
Ref: jsnz0367 January 2008 Size 600mm x 600mm 35 hrs work This panel is for sale and is presently in my Gallery If you wish to enquire about this panel or any of the others on this website, please use the enquiry form on the BIO page
Ref: jsnz0554 January 2011 Size 500mm x 900mm 24 hours work This is an outdoor panel made by the indirect method and cemented onto cement board for stability and strength. Commissioned piece.
Fishing for Tuatuas
Ref: jsnz0419 February 2009 Size 600mm x 600mm 30 hours work Inspired by watching fishermen on Waikanae beach. This panel is for sale. If you wish to enquire about this panel or any of the others on this website, please use theenquiry form on the BIO page
A series of cityscapes featuring the old houses of Wellington. Inspiration for these come from the Terrace, Thorndon and Mount Victoria. I work from photographs of the houses but the settings are from my imagination. Commissions welcome
Ref: jsnz0766 November 2016 Size 1200mm x 600mm 122 hours to complete Subtitled "Jacks Shadow 10" No.63 of a series featuring the old houses of Wellington. Most of these houses are in Thorndon and Mount Victoria. Commissioned piece.
On The Hill
Ref: jsnz0275 September 2006 Size 700mm x 500mm 52 hours to complete Private collection
Ref: jsnz0324 August 2007 Size 890mm x 470mm 55 hours to complete. No.21 of a series. This was a commissioned piece.
Ref: jsnz0349 November 2007 Size 700mm x 430mm 57 hours to complete No.24 of a series featuring the old houses of Wellington. It also features our dog Jack who loved to escape and wander. Private Collection
Ref: jsnz0473 October 2009 Size 700mm x 400mm 50 hours to complete. No.29 of a series. Sold
Hidden Gems in Wellington
Ref: jsnz0625 July 2012 Size 780mm x 400mm 65 hours to complete No.42 of a series featuring the old buildings of Wellington. This panel was awarded Overall Achievement Award at the NZ Magic of Mosaic Exhibition 2013. Sold
Formidable Four on the Terrace
Ref: jsnz0719 February 2014 Size 1200mm x 600mm 115 hours to complete No.49 of a series. The four houses featured are taken from architect drawings on postcards. Although the houses are all on the Terrace they are not actually next door to each other. Private collection
Ref: jsnz0729 August 2014 Size1200mm x 600mm 115 hours to complete. No.52 of a series featuring the old houses of Wellington. Jack, the dog, is there in the gateway! Private collection
jsnz0783 September 2017 size: 1200mm x 600mm 130 hours to complete This panel features the old church of St. James which has been converted into apartments. A reflection of our times. Much of this panel is raised on two layers of tile to help with depth.
Church and State
Panels showing former churches of Wellington which have been converted into houses or apartments. Commissions welcome.
Church and State
Ref: jsnz 0755 June 2016 Size 600mm x 600mm 75 hours to complete No.60 of a series. Subtitled "Jacks Shadow 8". The church, the tree on the pavement, hedge and fence have been raised to twice the depth. The church is the old Orthodox Church in Webb Street and the building behind is the old prison built to imitate Old Scotland Yard in London.
Divine City Living
Ref: jsnz0738 January 2015 Size 600mm x 700mm 83 hours to complete No.54 of a series. This panel has raised work to help provide depth to the finished work. Raised work on the church and fences is explored more fully in 2016 & 7 panels. Sold
Ref: jsnz0317 May 2007 Size 500mm x 500mm 50 hours to complete The church was taken from a photograph, but the setting is mine. This church/house is in a Wellington suburb. Sold
Split Panels and Slices of Life
These panels explore the idea of different shapes to enhance the subject of the mosaic. Split panels work really well for outdoors where each piece can be attached separately and allowing the gap between to be customised. The triangular shape is called Slice of Life because it is like a snapshot of nature. Commissions welcome.
Ref: jsnz0596 October 2011 Size 700mm x 1200mm 40 hours to complete This is a split panel which is designed to be installed with the break showing. The panel was completed using the indirect method with cement board as a backing for strength. Commissioned piece.
Ref: jsnz0220 January 2006 Size 500mm x 800mm 15 hours to complete This panel is one of 24 completed showing the black tree fern. Private collection
Koru in Four
Ref: jsnz0069 September 2004 This is a panel in four pieces that can be arranged in different shapes. This one is the original and is used as my logo. It is an outdoor piece and hangs on my house wall. Not for sale.
Ref: jsnz0351 December 2007 500mm x 900mm 30 hours to complete. Private collection.
Ref: jsnz0747 October 2015 Size 640mm x 1200mm 70 hours to complete The nikau palm is a native NZ tree and this panel shows a group of three. They are host to mosses and other plants. This panel is an indoor mosaic and is for sale. If you are interested in enquiring about this panel or any other please use the enquiry form on the Bio page.
A series of heraldic crests for old family names. Commissions welcome
Roche Family Crest
Ref: 0721 March 2014 Size 300mm x 300mm. No.1 of a series. Commissioned piece.
Kelly Family Crest
Ref: jsnz0722 March 2014 Size 300mm x 300mm No.2 of a series. Commissioned piece
Homage to the All Blacks
These panels were done as homage to our national game and the All Blacks. They also show that mosaics can be used to give movement. Commissions welcome.
Ref: jsnz0440 July 2009 Size 400mm x 400mm 25 hours to complete. One of a series featuring the 2009 All Blacks. The player in red is from England Sold
Ref: jsnz0443 July 2009. Size 400mmx 400mm 25 hours to complete Same team but new opposition in South Africa.
Passing the Ball
Ref: jsnz0444 July 2009 Size 400mm x400mm 25 hours to complete. The series were done to show that mosaics could be used for movement, excitement and thrills.
Ref: jsnz0442 August 2009 Size 400mm x 400mm 25 hours to complete. Panel shows Richie McCaw (who wore a helmet then) scoring a famous try from Australia
Ref: jsnz0522 September 2010 Size 400mm x 400mm 25 hours to complete. Panel shows a small part of the team during the traditional haka before the game. Ritchie McCaw is in the middle.
Ready to Play
Ref: jsnz0523 September 2010 Size 300mm x 400mm 20 hours to complete. This panel, one of eight, shows All Black, Cory Jane, ready for action
Thirty Men, One Job
Ref: jsnz0595 September 2011 This panel shows the All Black line up for the World Cup. So much hope rested on this team. Very memorable and exciting challenge. It was a challenge to do a portrait without actually putting on faces as the board was so small.