"I have been a painter my whole life, it’s my passion. I paint from my subconscious mind, using colour and form to say something about the way I see the world.
I often paint with ceremony and prayer.
Visioning in meditation.
Dreaming whilst playing music.
I'm not limited to one style or one medium. I pick up a brush and tell the story of my heart. The journey is the subject. Sometimes it feels like a dance with attachment. Only by letting go of what was just painted can I reach the place where the painting is finished."
A life-long love of art
Fewer people know Sika as a painter, although his love for fine art came long before he met the didgeridoo. He received his BA Hons in Photography alongside studying classical illustration and fine art painting techniques, often working figuratively and with watercolour. For a while music took centre stage and art became more of a private passion.
Today Sika is currently painting abstracts and landscapes. He primarily works in oil on canvas, using mixed media to lend a sculptural feel. Often he mixes plaster and with powdered pounamu - New Zealand's sacred greenstone/jade.
Every creation is a deeply personal process.
Sika sells original paintings as well as prints of selected artworks, which can be bought online and at shows.
Installation: Paint, Stone & Sound
Sika's experiential sound art installations combine sounds with paintings. His recent installation in the Bank Gallery in Takaka, New Zealand, included audio recordings, touchstones and wood to create a multi-sensory experience. An exciting new chapter is unfolding for him.