My work can be divided in to two explorations that are very different from one another. Firstly, Tonal Realism with oil paints for still life & secondly, rudimentary mark making with inks and watercolours from which I create collages. The two artistic expressions are exciting for me as it allows me to explore different subject matter and ensures I'm pushing my range of creativity. In addition, the oil painting is a slower more technical medium and the mark making collages a far more expressive art form and is also a throwback to my textile design career.
From a very young age I needed to create & collect things. I have always been drawn to collecting both natural objects and vintage pieces from junk or op shops. Sometimes I customise these pieces or use them as inspiration for my still life paintings. I used to collect bantam feathers (we had a dozen or so living in our back yard) and I would make pieces of jewellery out of them. The found natural objects; feathers, shells, empty birds nests, drift wood, dried flowers, branches or leaves I use in my mark making works. The overwhelming beauty and awe of the Australian landscape is a constant source of inspiration for the collage pieces.
I studied watercolour & drawing throughout school and in my VCE year and then graduated from Textile Design at RMIT in 1991. I spent many years working in the Fashion & Textile industry and then left to start a family.
I continue my education at the Victorian Artists Society and with ongoing workshops.
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