Tessa is an artist based in Raglan, New Zealand. She gained a Bachelor of Graphic Design and certificate in Art and Design when she left school, but as soon as she completed her degree she left NZ to travel the world.

When she returned five years later she wanted to get back into practical art, rather than be confined to the computer, so decided to become a Secondary School Visual Arts teacher and taught in Wellington. She moved to Raglan with her husband in 2011 where they settled and started a family.

When she is not busy with her 3 growing boys, she is in her studio painting.


When I paint in my 'slat painting style', I explore the idea of fragmenting realism, and I use my method of ‘paint, slice and re-create' to achieve this. I discovered my signature slat painting concept when I was exploring depth and layering on board. Exploring ideas of perspectives in nature, and trying to create the illusion of juxtaposing realistic elements, I pulled out the saw and I could not see any reason not to slice up my paintings. And so my journey of 'slicing and re-creating' began. I enjoy that there are many parts to the process. The initial 'whole' painting, and in the next step this is sliced and deconstructed into a pile of panels. Using linking lines and various viewpoints I re-construct the puzzle back into an abstract, fragmented composition. 

When I feel the need to have freedom of movement on a large scale. I paint on canvas. I apply mixed media into most of my canvas work and incorporate bright bold lashings of colour.

Every now and then I am asked to paint a deer skull. This is a fun and playful exercise, where I embrace beautifying the natural 3D form.

​I  am a full time artist with the passion to keep developing my work. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in any of my pieces. I also welcome commissions.