ABOUT ME


I am an emerging artist, is a versatile painter who works in mixed media, acrylics, and watercolours. My watercolours are realistic and the mixed media and acrylic works are both abstract and realistic. I am originally from Maryborough, in country Queensland, though I has lived all around the state. My earliest memories are of attending an art class at the local paint store, using pots of Reeves Tempera dry powder and butchers paper.

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In high school I attended night classes with my mother learning Ticket Writing, a combination of calligraphy and illustration, in the days before home computers and printers. Always my favourite subject, after finishing high school I was accepted to undertake a Diploma of Commercial Art and began enhancing my knowledge through a correspondence course, while working and studying nursing in the local hospital. During this time I taught myself macro photography and printed photos in my own black and white darkroom. These hands-on experiences gave me a deeper understanding of light and how depth of field can be used to show distance. Many of the photographs taken would later become subjects for my artwork, with images capturing the unique textures and the subtle sheens found in nature, in plants, animals, and the environment. It is a challenge to capture the subtle highlights on the petals of a rose, the sheen of peacock’s feathers, or the scales of a fish in  a painting. I love to garden so many pieces reflect floral and botanical themes.

Eventually the workload became too great and art was put aside for a period to concentrate on a career in healthcare, though I still occasionally entered creativity competitions winning prizes for a logo design and fashion design. After several years in healthcare, having two children and then becoming a single parent, I returned to study full-time, achieving an Honours Degree in Science in Psychology, with a particular interest in neuropsychology which focuses on understanding the relationships between the brain and behaviour. Eventually I worked full-time in a clinical capacity in community mental health and after hours in private practice, and time for art disappeared. While managing a local community mental health service I introduced an annual creativity competition with a mental health focus, with the inaugural theme being “Resilience”. This coincided with driving a significant change in the ethos of the service, encouraging clients who had become dependent on “the system”, and the workers who supported them, into changing their thinking to focus on participating in existing opportunities to reclaim a life beyond illness, disability and adversity.

Since 2015 however, and as part of a plan to transition to retirement, my life has been full of art, from my day-to-day business in my picture framing and art supplies business to hosting art workshops teaching others, opening my own gallery, and the remainder of my time I can be found planning, preparing, and painting my own works of art. I continue my professional development undertaking regular online workshops with international artists and continual in-depth learning about art and framing materials.

Originally based in Eumundi QLD
We moved to Noosaville in December 2018

My techniques bring further variety to her paintings through the use of custom-made colours and additional manipulations with acrylic and watercolour mediums. With interference pigments, for example, I can give the raw material varying degrees of reflectiveness, like the subtle reflections of the sky shown in moisture on the rocks. These works are decidedly three dimensional and demand a live experience—it is impossible to perceive the paintings’ rich textures by seeing them online or in print. The use of acrylic mediums in particular, allow her to emphasise the textures of the subjects, that makes people want to touch the paintings to be sure that the painted sandstone isn’t real. In planning artworks, a large proportion of time is spent ensuring proportions and colours are balanced and pleasing.

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Always aware of the impact of colour on the psyche, I love to use bright and cheerful colours that are uplifting and improves the viewer’s mood. In the recent Australian Iconic Blossoms series, I incorporated artificial intelligence processes during the preparation and planning stages, to create eye-catching pieces that have a consistent harmonious theme. In addition to the creative side of the art industry, I am using my technological skills to develop artwork inventory software to track artwork costs, locations, prizes etc., to facilitate the business aspect of selling artwork.

I have shown my work as part of group exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery and Gympie Regional Gallery. Before closing, all of my works were exhibited at the Willowgrove Gallery in Noosaville. I was invited to exhibit at the EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART “Gentil-Mente” in the Palazzo Ducale, Genova Italy, around the time COVID hit, throwing everything into chaos.

In mid-2023 I closed my businesses and retired, and after a short break, (after not having a proper holiday for the 8 years in business) I looked forward to spending more time creating.

After completing an immersive and comprehensive online course on course creation, I’m currently in the midst of transforming all my art workshops to broaden their accessibility. These workshops stemmed from years of gathering insights and learning from customers who, as beginners in painting, often faced challenges and self-blame due to inadequate art materials or unfamiliar techniques. I look forward to letting you know when they go live.

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