lucy mhoma



As a child I loved to draw Fortunately my parents valued and encouraged my creativity which gave me a foundation to build upon in later life


For years drawing became a visual diary of my adventures, observations and experiences


At the age of twenty one, I decided to become a sculptor While living in Europe during my early twenties, I developed a growing awareness of how sculpture plays a vital part in our environment


Since my specialized training with special needs adults and children, I worked as an apprentice, with professional sculptors in Scotland, Italy, Austria and Zimbabwe  I then went on to study sculpture at Tom Bass Sculpture School in Sydney for two years


Some time later I flew to Africa to work with the Shona sculptors in a remote Zimbabwe community called Tengenenge


It was a profound experience! Hundreds of mud huts huddled together, inside each hut there was a family with at least one member being a sculptor We carved beautiful, local stone with hand-made tools


All at once, my values and everything I believed in magnified  Africa taught me how to live happily with less and how to live a more sustainable life 


On the plane to Zimbabwe, I sat next to a delightful Tanzanian sculptor called Lucy As you can imagine we had a lot to talk about, we laughed all the way to Africa! Lucy invited me to visit her in Tanzania and we somehow knew we would meet again The dream came true! Our meeting, along with my time in Zanzibar was another turning point in my life as an artist


At dusk when I ventured out to draw the people and unique life of Zanzibar, all the children came running up to me, quietly and curiously watching with their big, black eyes


The integral essence and spirit of all indigenous people has given depth to several themes in my paintings and sculpture  It is this soul quality which gives life and meaning to my work


My work is inspired by nature, the experiences I have had in different cultures, the people I have met and the community they live in  I love painting with oil and acrylic, using texture with either mixed media on quality canvas or scratching the wet paint on the surface of recycled wood  Although I have a passion for stone, I also love to explore plaster, recycled wood and metal or a combination of these materials  Each painting and sculpture holds a certain simplicity, with the aim to evoke a positive emotional response


Even though my restless, free spirit thrives on discovering the unknown by travelling to far off lands, it is always a wonderful feeling to return home to New Zealand


Teaching art and sharing my passion is also something I enjoy  My aim is to encourage each individual to find their own unique creative expression  I run workshops for adults and children, and one on one classes for those with special needs


Having exhibited in New Zealand for the past 20 years, my work has now found it's way all around the world


I presently live in Christchurch, New Zealand with my husband and two sons



1960 Born in Dumfries, Scotland
1974 Emigrated to New Zealand
1981 Travelled extensively through South East Asia and Europe making drawings and paintings of my experiences
1982 Decide to study sculpture Worked as an apprentice with sculptor  Chris Hall near Edinburgh

Established base and network of artists in Holland

Mural Commission in Amsterdam

1984 Worked with an Italian family on the island of Elba, Italy Made regular visits to sculptors studios and exhibitions in Florence
1985 Return to Southern Hemisphere to study sculpture at Tom Bass Sculpture School in Sydney
1987 Reunited with the land and people of New Zealand by carving local soapstone First exhibition held in residence in Christchurch
1988 Assistant for architectural colour project, Sydney Travelled overland from East to West Australia inspired by red granite and desert Mined and carved soapstone
1990 Exhibition of recent works, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
1991 Settled in North Otago Explored Oamaru stone Open studio exhibition, Teschemakers Conference Centre


Marble carving workshop- Carrara, Italy and Vienna, Austria

Visited art centres throughout Europe with the purpose of gathering a supportive group of international sculptors for future symposiums in New Zealand

Returned to North Otago Completed commission for private garden in Christchurch

Off Centre Aigantighe Gallery, Timaru, Touring exhibition of contemporary art by regional women from

the lower half of the South Island, organised in honour of the 1993 centennial of suffrage in New Zealand

1993 Cut Invited exhibition by New Zealand stone carvers, Cave Rock Gallery, Christchurch

Settled in Nelson Young contemporary exhibition, Bishop Suter Art Gallery, Nelson

Solo show, exhibition of indigenous figures, Gallery One, Nelson

1994 Toured Europe, visiting exhibitions and workshops Worked with the Shone artists at Tengenege sculptors community, Zimbabwe, Africa

Returned to Nelson Focused on painting Maori rock drawing wall hangings

Spent six weeks visiting a Tanzanian sculptor in Dar es Salaam and painting the exotic, historical life of Zanzibar, East Africa

1996 Lust, Love and Laughter, exhibition of sculpture and paintings, Croft-Picot Gallery, Nelson
1997 Exhibition of wall hangings, Cafe Metro, Nelson
2000 Commission for birdbath, Nelson

Commission for mother and child sculpture, Nelson

Commission for poetry book cover, Twilight Burns the Sky by Kathleen Gallagher

Painting commission - Nelson


Commission for book cover and illustrations, Peace Plays by Kathleen Gallagher (click here to see photo)

Commissions for stone memorial sculpture - Christchurch, pelican sculpture- Christchurch, water sculpture- Nelson

2003 Preparation for exhibition Being at Home

Started art classes for adults and children in studio at home

Commission for Family sculpture, Christchurch

Commission for Earth Mother Sculpture, Christchurch


Exhibition - Past Times and Passageways, Cloister Gallery The Arts Centre, Christchurch

2006 Exhibition - Celebrating Selwyn, Moreworth Estate Vineyard, Christchurch

Group exhibition - Planting seeds of Hope at Silvan Gallery, Christchurch

Travelled to Western Samoa to paint and work towards Pacific Island exhibition An Island Sanctuary

Exhibition - An Island Sanctuary open studio exhibition, Prebbleton, Christchurch

Mural Commission for Prebbleton School, Prebbleton, Christchurch


Celebrating Selwyn - an open studio exhibition of recent works

A Joint Exhibition - "Points of Difference", Gallery O, The Arts Centre, Christchurch

Art of Courage Exhibition, Longueville gallery, Taitapu, Christchurch  Painting donated to Child Cancer Foundation

Logo Commission for Prebbleton Enviro-Village, Prebbleton, Christchurch

Logo Commission for Home Hosted Accommodation, Canterbury


Painting Commission, Christchurch

Illustration for A, B and See book, The Dyslexia Foundation


Consignment for Lifesize Sculptures of two Maori Figures, Artbay gallery, Queenstown

Celebrating Selwyn Exhibition, Thyme Cafe, Prebbleton 

Arts Canterbury Exhibition, in support of all Christchurch artists losing trade since the earthquake

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Matariki Exhibition, Kaan Zamaan Gallery, Kerikeri

NZ Van Lines Exhibition, supporting Christchurch artists, St James Theatre, Wellington

Sculpture Commission, Golden Bay


Water sculpture, Ladbrooks school Canterbury

Child and Teacher sculpture, Prebbleton School, Christchurch

Clay Workshop, Prebbleton School, Christchurch
Stone Carving Workshop, Leeston School, Christchurch

Sculpture donation, Nurse Maude Hospice, Christchurch 


Preparations for Exhibition of Life in Zanzibar

Preparations for exhibition 'Islands' based on more paintings and drawings of Life in Zanzibar during my recent visit to visit family

Artist in Residence - Prebbleton School Funded by the Red Cross in support of earthquake recovery Working with 5 - 12 year old children, creating murals, sculpture and mosaics to enhance the school environment, creatively building confidence and security in each child

Members Exhibition, Down by the Liffey Gallery, Lincoln


Selected works exhibited, McAtamney Gallery, Geraldine

Journey to the Middle East, Europe and USA to kindle a wider network of artists, therapists and galleries to revive my artist's profile and promote my work


Artist in Residence at Prebbleton School, Prebbleton, Canterbury

Opened Kapowai Studio in Lincoln for Exhibitions of own work, tuition and creative inspiration for adults and children
Exhibition of works at The Christchurch Art Show

Stayed in a Fijian village with local people making friends and gathering artistic inspirations for island exhibition

2016 Studio interview about my life as an artist with TV One for a series Neighbourhood celebrating the cultural diversity of Lincoln
Completed Foundation Interactive Drawing Course Units One and Two

Exhibited at The Christchurch Art Show
Open Studio Exhibition at Kapowai Studio