Susan Haywood Smith

Susan Haywood Smith is a Pakeha raised in South Auckland.  With no link to her Irish/English heritage to make reference to, she embraced the wonderfully rich culture of the Maori and Pacific Islanders around her. This was reinforced by her family ties to the Te Arawa Iwi.

Today, she is still reconciling the two worlds of her British lineage alongside my experience of Maoridom.  Her art allows her to work through this dichotomy from which she hopes to create powerful and stirring New Zealand artwork.