I started this series of paintings in 2005. They are based upon Taranaki chief, Titokowaru. Until recently with books by Belich and Shadbolt, Titokowaru was an unsung hero in terms of his achievements during the Maori land wars. While inspired by his story I am also exploring the historical process of colonialisation, integration and my own bi-cultural background. Born in Wanganui and of Pakeha and Nagti-Maru descent, I grew up with little knowledge of Titokowaru's life. By depicting his legacy in my works I am also relating the history and circumstances of my own existence and identity.