As a Fine Arts student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in the 60s I was fortunate to know the highly regarded arts patrons in Melbourne, John and Sunday Reed and on many occasions visited their home Heide and their beach house. During these times I immersed myself in art and enjoyed robust conversations about 'the world', culture and society together with other artists and students
The Reeds' gave me invaluable advice which I still apply to my work today, that is, as a female artist your artistic expression must come from your own world and experiences (given that there were only three females in a class of fourteen there was a dominant male 'style') and not to 'copy' others. The other important advice was about the integrity of brushwork or paint application and although imagery is important at the end of the day the brushwork must have its own artistic merit and integrity.
My earlier works were true to the above as they are now. As a young artist most of my artworks were of the nude, female form; 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
Master Teacher Award, Stirling College, Canberra
1979 - 1995
Master Teacher, Visual Arts, Stirling College, Canberra
Executive Officer, Schools Directorate, Department of Education, Canberra
Executive Teacher, Creative Arts, Canberra College
1979 - 1985 Group Exhibitions, Canberra
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
Feature article Reach for the Skies, HIGHLIFE MAGAZINE Oct - Nov 2017