Auckland Museum Murals

The first job I ever had as an artist in a museum was in New Zealand. I lived in Auckland not far from the Auckland Domain, the central park in the city. Crowning the highest ground in the Domain was the Auckland War Memorial Museum. I was hired in 1982 to help paint a mural in the Pacific Canoe Hall, a vast cavern of a room housing at least a dozen huge ocean-going Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian canoes, several of them over two-hundred years old. I worked with two other artists in a team, creating the central map and the designs on either side.