Sheree Willman is a Contemporary Māori artist based in Wellington. Sheree studied contemporary Māori design at Wellington & decided that design wasn’t for her & she wanted to be a painter. But straight after studying Sheree became a wife & a mother to three gorgeous tamariki (children) meant that Sheree had limited time to paint over the years being a full-time mother. Now that her children are more independent, Sheree has been able to pick up the brushes again in a full-time capacity in 2017. Since then, Sheree has exhibited in group shows & has had her first solo exhibition “RARANGA” at Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua 2020. Sheree was also a finalist in the National Contemporary Art Awards - Waikato Museum in 2021.
Sheree is of Māori (Ngati Kahungunu & Rangitāne) & half Pakeha descent. The muse behind all of Sheree's painted works is her culture, specifically, the weavers of her tīpuna (ancestors) from tukutuku, tāniko, & kete whakairo patterns, this helps her reconnect & discover more about te ao Māori & her personal identity.