Napier artist Joseph Rowntree looks at the murals he creates with pride.
His past, not so much.
Rowntree, 30, is a former methamphetamine addict. It's a life he was only able to leave behind because he found his passion.
"Chasing a passion has distracted me," Rowntree told Hawke's Bay Today as he finished off a stunning campervan mural on the main road through Clive on Thursday.
"Creating art is a different high. I feel present and connected to myself. It's not the same as a chemical high."
His path to this happy point in his life was far from easy.