"Most people will forgive a great deal about the shortcomings they see in any particular painting you accomplish - providing what lies at its core makes a profound shift in the ongoing life of that community.

I'm most interested in collaboratively and creatively making a sustained profound difference in music, writing and painting with my community.

Otherwise your community has to re-create the listening for those ideas at some later date - often centuries later - and sometimes it becomes lost forever. So your work must never die when you do."

- Duncan Chatwin


        The purpose of my life, what I am here to give is to be wonderful.

I will sing, read, write and paint as if my life depends on it – because it does!

I will play.

        I stand for making music with all the colours left in.

I stand for creating a new word which would tear me open,

        making us all capable of anything.

I stand for painting out of a spirit of wonder, of miracles in the making,

        and for the re-enchantment of our world.

        I stand for having my life be used by questions such as:

1) what if we begin today

    to develop an unassailable and majestic sense of our own value?

2) how much love can you stand in your life?

3) what if a painting could show you what your soul looks like?

        One of the tasks I have set myself is to bring love to your life

        such that you say you’ll never ever get over it.         

        I stand for being the conversation you say

        most profoundly shifted the quality of your day.

                           My epitaph reads:

                           You are loved.

My Vision

         Who I am is my stand for loving you.  For you simply being the best there is! You’re unique. 

There’s no one like you and yet – we all are!  I stand for celebrating who you are.

I stand for your power and your grace.  You’re exciting!

         I stand for supporting people in their realisation of their dreams

         on their terms in their world.

          I stand for you being free.  No one has the right to stub their heel on the

very throat of your song.

         I stand for generating opportunities in your listening such that you step into

conceiving pertinent questions for you whose inspirational possibilities will

demand your life.  Don’t give up!

         I stand for investing you with inspirational unrest.  You will take principle –

centred actions within the unfolding excitement of the miracle of your being alive.

        I stand for sharing our relatedness and excitement and wonder with each

other.  The flash of our human spirit.  I stand for my family – and you are all a part

of that family!

         I stand for lightening up a little.  There’s enough anxious people out there

without you getting varicose veins in your foreheads as well!

         I stand for risk – for everything being up for grabs.  I’m committed to

disappearing beyond the edge of where the now in me currently lives! I stand for

raising at lease US$1 million each for our Mary Potter Hospice here in Wellington, New Zealand,

and for Amnesty International by selling two of my paintings & donating all the proceeds to them.

         I stand for play, fun & kicks out of life itself.  I stand for music with all the

colours left in.

         I stand for writing fit to wring tears from the stars.  I stand for inventing new
words which will serve your great great grandchildrens’ grandchildren.  I stand

for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

         I stand for painting out of a spirit of wonder, of miracles in the making, and

for the re-enchantment of our world.

         I stand for playing huge – for living my life out loud with generosity – in

large letters, deeply cut & strongly gilded.  Playing small doesn’t serve the world.

         I stand for Infinity.  In a moment of Infinity I see  

         an unending unfolding of undiscovered country…

         If the spark within your human spirit doesn’t go off – then nothing else will!

         I stand for Humility.  In a moment of Humility I’m tiny, small & real.  I

stand for titanic imaginings!  I summon my Will – open up & simply Make It


            I stand for setting an example of outrageously inspirational, Visionary

Leadership that sets your heart & soul on fire!

                            Above all – dig deep – Find your Joy!
                                     Let’s Dance & Sing!

I appreciate & acknowledge your support.  Together – nothing can stop us! – Let’s Do It!