At work in my studio at Low Isles (working on
"A day in the life of Low Isles" triptych)
Finishing touches to "Lighthouse Dreaming".
Painting en plein air, Low Isles (working on "Island Day Out")
I was born in Lowestoft, England and at the age of 17 my family moved to Perth. I have lived in various parts of Australia since then. From a young age I excelled at art, however it was not until many years into adulthood that I finally found the inspiration and time to pursue my talent.
In 2015 I moved back to Perth after spending ten of the past twelve years on islands in north Queensland and in the Kimberley, WA. Whilst away from busy city life and amongst rich colours and stunning scenery I was inspired to paint. My work is definitely influenced by my experiences in the Kimberley, Low Isles and the Whitsundays and this is reflected in some of my paintings.
Art for me is an expression of appreciation for the beauty of everything and can capture moments in time that are good to remember. I experiment across different genres and mediums that include landscapes, portraiture, life/figure drawing and whilst I work mostly with oils, I also use many other mediums including acrylics, resin, pastels, watercolour, charcoal, ink and pencil.
For the past six plus years I have been teaching art. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to do this because I enjoy sharing my knowledge and the satisfaction and joy of personally creating an artwork.
After returning to Perth in 2015, initially I was a studio artist at the Tresillian Arts Centre in Nedlands, then moved to Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross. My current studio is at Settlers Cottage in Churchlands. In 2016, I set up my own social art business, Paint & Sip which operated out of a large studio space in Wembley. As well as paint and sip style social sessions, I expanded the business to included resin workshops and traditional style art lessons. In June 2018, I sold the business to enable me to focus more on my own practice. In 2020, with my business partner, I launched Art Outdoors. We specialise in providing ‘en plein air’ (outside art - we offer pastels or acrylic painting) experiences in scenic locations. I have exhibited at numerous exhibitions and I was one of two artists who conceived and developed the Go Troppo Arts Festival in North Queensland.
With my Settlers Cottage art colleagues, L to R Annie Rawle, Ros Blackburn & Gail Leidich