My beautifully disturbing body of work has been about morphing human bodies and animal heads, relating their emotions, environment, body language, and expressions. Showing us their doubts, fears, and insecurities, creates tension and power plays between the viewer and my characters. Are we in their fantasies or is it a reflection of ourselves? In the end, it is our choice to see what we want to see, to believe what we want to believe.


Bunny with a Pearl Earring by Rosie Parsonson

One word that best describes your style: Layers

1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
If I'm not working as a barista or teaching art, I'm in the studio working towards exhibitions. I don't really have a busy life.

2. What does your studio look like?
I share a studio with my partner, ceramic artist Richard Darbyshire at Quarry Arts Centre, Whangarei, New Zealand. It's an awesome place to work; we are surrounded by amazing artists and have access to both print and ceramics room.

3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art
I always draw a picture or write a poem at the back of my paintings.

4. What do you love most about being an artist?
Just being able to do what I love, meeting other artists, and going to exhibitions. I think what I love most about art is the research that goes into my work.

5. Which is your favourite art piece so far and what is the story behind it?
"First Steps" is a collaboration dry-point print between my partner, Richard Darbyshire and me.

It is about hybridity, something all cultures have to embrace as we move into the future. Through having mixed-race babies the global culture will flourish. What about the unconditional love a parent has for their child? No matter how funny they look, in the eyes of parents, these babies are perfect.

Billy Goat Ethan by Rosie Parsonson
Billy Goat Ethan by Rosie Parsonson

6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?
I love music but can't live without coffee. I also go crazy if I lose my pencils.

7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
By finding new and exciting artists.

8. What does success look like to you?
Enjoying life and selling my work :)

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