Christine Hellyar was born and raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She is still inspired by the beaches and bush from there as well as places near Auckland where she now lives.
In 40 years she has made and exhibited 770 sculptures, 15 large installations and countless paintings, drawings and photographs. She now works mainly in fibre for indoor sculpture, and bronze for outdoor sculpture. Her 2D work is in a wide range of media. The overall theme of her work is related to the domestication and socialisation of the found landscape.