My Life Is Painting
I am lucky enough to spend my time living and painting in Australia and Bali. I am influenced by those iconic Australian colours of blue skies, red dusty soil and hot summer days at the beach. And in my studio in Ubud, the soft colours of ripening rice, magical birds and butterflies and flowers are both my view and inspiration.
Unless I am away from my studio travelling, I work every day. I don’t wait for inspiration, I go to my easel and find it on a canvas, piece of paper or lump of clay.
I use many techniques and materials in my paintings including oil and acrylic paint, rust paint and charcoal, gold leaf and collage.
Some paintings happen fast, some take their time and are put aside to consider and come back to at a later time.
More recently I have had the opportunity to indulge my passion for ceramics working with stoneware clay and firing in gas, soda and wood fired kilns. I love the way that my painting will inspire my ceramic — and how the wonderful, sometimes unexpected results in my ceramics inspire my paintings.
My art is my life!
2015 – Winner of the Wanneroo Painting Prize • Perth, Western Australia
2012 – Finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Prize • Western Australia • 2012
2011 – Winner of the Town Of Melville Art Prize • Australia • June 2011
2008 – Finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Prize • Western Australia • 2008
Recent Exhibitions — Solo
2016 – Artist in Residence and solo exhibition, Cossack, Western Australia • July 2016
2013 – Six Months In Ubud • Bali • Sept 2013
2012 – The Swahili Coast • Gallows Gallery, Western Australia • 2012
2011 – Magpie Song • Gallows Gallery, Western Australia • Feb 2011
2009 – Sunkissed • Fusion Gallery, Western Australia • Jan 2009
2008 – Ubud Time • Monart Studio & Gallery, Western Australia • Oct 2008
2007 – Sapphire Hills • Margaret River Gallery, Western Australia • Oct 2007
2006 – Emporium Gallery • Brisbane, Queensland • March 2007 & May 2006
2005 – At Play • Monart Gallery, Perth, Western Australia • May 2005
2004 – Artist-in-Residence • Port Douglas Gallery , Queensland • June 2004
2003 – Red Beach • Gullotti Gallery, Peth, Western Australia • Nov 2003