My Artist Practice
I live in a green, tree-filled environment filled with wildlife. They are my inspiration. They connect us to our natural world. The bird's and animals spirit, their unique songs and behaviours and their colours are a timely reminder to us all, to reconnect with the powerful force of nature that nurtures our soul and reminds us of our mortality.
In my artwork I ask the viewer to reflect on the place where nature resides, in our hearts and minds, how we might find the time to immerse ourselves in its vanishing world and how we might reconcile where humanities progress and technology fits in our lives. We need to find a connection with our natural world and strike a balance between our needs and the needs of our environment.
I am a visual artist and a registered art therapist living in Sydney, Australia. I studied visual art and design and worked commercially as a textile designer in the fashion and homewares industry for nearly 20 years.
My art themes range from environmental concerns to social and behavioural observations influenced by my community work as an art therapist and arts worker. My art practice has recently shifted to portraying my garden using latex paints and acrylics. I begin by sitting in my garden with a cup of tea, sketching the shapes, textural patterns and my cat Gus hiding in the greenery. Then I add colour, using a 1980s brights and pastels colour palette to my designs”.
My current works are made from recycled materials, even the paint has been sourced from throw outs from the local paint shop. I'm conscious of making my art practice a sustainable one so I'm always searching for wood and canvases that people are throwing away. When I am not in my studio mixing and tweaking colours I facilitate art therapy programs for children and adults.
1984-85 1 year of Bachelor of Arts study / University of NSW
1986-88 3 years of Bachelor of Ed (art) study / City Art Institute (now COFA, UNSW)
1990-92 Advanced Certificate in Art and Design / Perth TAFE, WA
2008-10 Master of Art Therapy / University of Western Sydney, NSW
2015 Cert IV Training and Assessment / St George Community College, NSW
2021 Inside this box group exhibition, Corner Store Gallery, Orange NSW
2019 Knowledge exhibition, 107 window Gallery, Redfern NSW
Sydney Children's Hospital Art space, group show. Randwick NSW
2018 Solo Exhibition at ME Art Space ARI St Leonards, Sydney
2017 Exhibitor at 2017 Bird and Wildlife Expo, Sydney
2016 Fishers Ghost exhibition, Cambelltown Arts Centre, NSW
2015 Sydney Children's Hospital Art space, group show. Randwick NSW
2015 Waste to Art Warringah Art Prize Exhibition, Warringah Creative Space NSW
2014 WABA Inc Wildlife art @ Discovery Exhibition, Canberra ACT2013
Fisher's Ghost Art Exhibition, Cambelltown Arts Centre.
Arthouse Hotel solo exhibition, Sydney NSW
Drawn to India group show, Toowoomba Qld
2012 Ascent of Man solo show, Queen St Gallery, Woollahra NSW
Skillset Art Exhibition Flannery Centre, Bathurst NSW
2011 Generation X group show, ESP Gallery, Marrickville NSW
Postcards from the North group show, ESP Gallery, Marrickville NSW
The pineapple café group show, Sheffer Gallery, Redfern NSW
From streets to shore group show, Salerno Gallery, Glebe NSW
Clifton's art prize Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
2010 Remnants & Fragments group show, Blank Space Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
Summer Moments group show, Art Moments Gallery, Bondi NSW
2009 Moments of Improvisation solo show, Art Moments Gallery, Bondi NSW
2008 Figurative moments group show Art Moments Gallery, Bondi NSW
2014 Wildlife art @ Discovery exhibition 'Best emotive theme' art prize, ACT
2011 People's choice award Clifton's art prize Exhibition, Sydney, NSW