Paekakariki resident artist Alan Wehipeihana shares his story of transitioning to the art world and how he finds inspiration in daily life. Nestled in a 1920s sewing factory, Alan's studio is home to an eclectic and diverse mix of work, incorporating recycled and found materials, Maori culture, as well as the vibrant influence that comes from his environment -- the beach, books, movies, colour spectrums, patterns, movement and changes found in nature.
Alan embodies the romantic spirit of what it means to live, breathe and work as an artist. From stained glass, carving, functional art, to law books from last century. Alan is a true multi-disciplinary artist, catching his knowledge and skills from every different medium he pursues.