I have a Fine Arts Degree (major painting, minor printmaking) RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria.
As a female student in a predominantly male course I was encouraged by the lecturers and practising artists to focus on my personal experiences so that the work is a reflection of my world and not an imitation of others.
This advice has remained constant in my development as an artist. As a younger artist most of my artworks were of the nude, female form, often large and dynamic images that surged across canvasses combining Abstract Expressionism with a strong feminist message. So it was, this sense of freedom and 'message' that formed my painting 'style'.
For the past 18 years we have lived at Bundanoon, Southern Highlands on 8 hectares of land adjoining the Morton National Park where we have created a parkland garden. The Highlands skies and landscapes are a source of wonder providing stimulus for my artworks. I attempt to synthesise the art elements to create a sensory response rather than an objective representation. Many paintings are interestingly made up of small painterly abstractions that could be developed as artworks in their own right.
The very large canvasses reflect where I am now, that is, to embrace the ever changing and fleeting moments of nature by exploring 'space', nuance and even vulnerability. Hopefully, this visual language connects with the worlds of others at a conscious or unconscious level.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, RMIT, Melbourne (Major in Painting, Minor in Printmaking)
Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Canberra
Head Teacher, Creative Arts, Canberra College
1996 Solander Gallery, Canberra, Solo
1997 Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra, Solo
1999 Michael Comerford Gallery, Sydney
2002 Berrima District Gallery, Bowral
2006 Bell Gallery, Berrima
2007 The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, Solo
2008 The Nude In The Gallery, Bowral
2009 Recent Works Artdeli, Bowral
2011 Art Trail, Southern Highlands
2012 Art Trail, Southern High;ands
2014 Beauty and Loss, Exhibition with Reg Livermore Bowral
2017 Where Are They Now? The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral
2017 Art Trail, Southern Highlands
2011 Muswellbrook Art Prize, finalist
2011 Calleen Award, Cowra, finalist
2011 Blake Prize, finalist
2013 Canberra Centenary Scope Exhibition
2013 Calleen Award, Cowra, finalist
Southern Highlands, Sydney, Canberra, Victoria, USA, London
Feature article Reach for the Skies, HIGHLIFE MAGAZINE Oct - Nov 2017