I am a painter, originally from New Zealand. I have lived in Sunshine Beach, Noosa Heads for the past 20 years and paint from a home studio.
Having grown up with a highly successful graduate art mother and sculptor stepfather there was always a creative force in my life that eventually led me to a career in the arts.
After travelling and working extensively in Europe, Russia and Scandinavia for five years in the 70s my husband and I returned to NZ and and undertook an apprenticeship with his uncle, Jim Nelson, a highly regarded South Island potter. We eventually established our own business and enjoyed relative creative independence for many years.
With a Certificate in Visual Merchandising and Display I went on to operate a commercial window dressing display business whilst raising a young family.
Over the years I have attended many and varied visual art and creative workshops and began dabbling with paint and canvas, working at it part time and eventually becoming a full time artist 15 years ago.
Mostly I approach my work with an idea of a story at the edge of my mind but usually with little premeditation allowing whatever needs to occur during the process happen organically. Feeling confined to a certain technique or structure is not how I usually work - sometimes my works are soft and floaty, sometimes slightly more graphic, the mood changes with whichever way the painting takes me.
My work talks of certain places in landscape or time, in seasons and in moments. Each piece has a relevant meaning and importance to me. I enjoy playing with different textures, different detailing, different shapes. Through the medium of paint and canvas there is always a story to tell of the landscape I love.
In moving forward I aim to experiment with new ideas and techniques while leaning on some of the practices of the past, incorporating my love of the landscape, the seasons, the shapes and patterns in nature that so absorb me. Transitioning from a somewhat meaningful subject area to expressing myself through a playful, more open and abstract style exploring the idea of being of the landscape rather than about it.
2015 Tusk Gallery, Chapel Street, Melbourne (sell out)
2014 Tusk Gallery, Chapel Street, Melbourne (sell out)
2014 Singapore Affordable Art Fair
2014 Brisbane Boys Grammar Art Show (Invite)
2013 Immanuel Arts Festival, Buderim, Queensland
2010 Carringtons Gallery, Noosa Heads
2009 Chocol’art, Montville
2006 Pure Blanc, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
2005 Chocol’art, Montville
2003 Art on Main, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise
2001 On the River, Noosa
2013 First Prize, Mixed Media, Immanuel Arts Festival