Ni sa bula vinaka my name is Rowena Rooney.
I have been mosaicing now for over 20 years.
My artwork is largely inspired by my Fijian / Kiwi heritage which is a very passionate, strong part of my life journey.
I am a trained primary school teacher and have also been a Visual Art lecturer at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education.
I am a current practicing artist.
Last year I exhibited as a Fijian artist at the Auckland Museum celebrating the artefacts of Fiji and I have art works in galleries around NZ.
I have been running after school art classes for children and adults in Te Atatu Peninsula called Blue Turtle Design for the last 11 years.
I have worked on a variety of large commissions for different purposes both locally and overseas. I create Mosaic surfboards, birdbaths, mirrors and mandala with a Pacific flavour as well as creating made to order requests that clients may have.
I love working with anything that can create the right colour and texture for my artwork from plastic bottle tops to ceramic tiles to glass.
I think the biggest most challenging project I have ever worked on was a tribute on my grandmothers grave in Nukubalavu Village, Savusavu, Fiji Islands.
It took me over a year to mosaic my design on to mosaic mesh and have it shipped over to its destination where I gathered family together to glue and grout it in to place. This project was a real labour of love and it still looks as good as it was first put down 19 years ago!
My artwork represents my respect for nature, keeping things natural and sharing my energy with others to help beautify our surrounding environment.