How did I get here
What inspires me
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 still live in Helensville today.
We love the rural outlook of where we stay, the community & the people around who make it a great place to be.
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.
Recently seen at the…………
The Lawnmowers Son, Hahei
Also regulars at the following Markets
• Coatsville Market
• Kaukapakapa Market
• Kumeu Market
• Mangawhai Tavern Market
• Matakana Market
• Smales Farm Market