From an early age, I loved to draw.
It was always a way for me to relax.
At 16, I enrolled into an Engineering Apprenticeship in the UK
and finished it at the age of 21.
Spent the next 10 years travelling around the UK & Europe, working as a contractor.
After getting married in 1990, my wife, our 2 children and I, moved to New Zealand in February 2001 to the small rural town of Helensville, Auckland.
I have Whanau here in NZ, as my uncle married a Maori girl after he moved to NZ, transferring from the RAF to the RNZAF. They had 5 children, who are now spread around NZ & Australia with their families.
We have lived in Helensville until June 2022, when we relocated to
Feilding, to start a new chapter in our lives.
We loved the rural outlook of where we stayed, the community & the people around who make it a great place to be but are now looking forward to
a new beginning in the Manawatu area.
Since moving to NZ, I have worked for a variety of engineering firms and found myself in the design office (for 7yr’s) for a prominent boat building firm, where I took on drafting duties.
Then, while working for another firm at Silverdale.
I discovered Corten steel, which I realised was a fantastic material to work with, and its unique rust look properties.
This made me realise, that I could incorporate my creativity and engineering skills together to create unique pieces of art.
From this ‘Canny Creations NZ’ was born.
Canny – A North East of England word for Beautiful.
Creations – To bring something into Existence.
NZ – New Zealand made.
Here is where I try to create Garden Art, Wall Signs, Sculptures & just about anything else in between with Corten steel.(Weathering Steel).
I try to keep the Kiwiana theme in my pieces as much as possible.
This is me, Mark Morton Wilson, from Hartlepool in the UK.
Now living in Aotearoa (NZ) - the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Places to catch us at…
Marton Arts & Craft Centre
More to follow as we establish our markets
Previously seen at the following…
Arts in the Ville Festival
Arts Centre in Helensville
Kaipara Sculpture Gardens
Moko Artspace, Hot Water Beach
Helensville A & P Show
The Lawnmowers Son, Hahei
Waipu Street Market
NZ Made Products
Also were regulars at the following Markets
• Coatsville Market
• Kaukapakapa Market
• Kumeu Market
• Mangawhai Tavern Market
• Matakana Market
• Smales Farm Market