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I am a self taught artist. I love our Australian wildlife and love to capture that in my paintings with acrylic, watercolour or lead pencil. Our wildlife, flora and fauna is so unique I want to capture that and show through my art. I am teaching myself how to paint on the iPad Pro, another way of being able to express with modern technology, which I find intriguing and fun. Trying to capture what comes to mind like nature, woman, children, fantasy and the whimsical that comes from dreams.
I was born in Adelaide and a pencil has never been far from reach. I was always immersed in my art of fantasy, fairies and goblins I rarely spoke! In school art was the only subject I never skipped.
By 17 yrs old I’d left Adelaide and found myself living on the tough streets of St. Kilda, Melbourne. I worked really hard to get off the streets and never look back. At the age of 19 years old I was a mother and I was raising my son. Odd jobs and being a single mother left no time for painting but a pencil and a scrap of paper were never far away. I found myself always drawing women with amazing eyes some sad some happy but all intriguing.
By 26 yrs old I had met my love and we married and by 34 years old I had two more sons. 2004 I invented the worlds first T-shirt maternity bra that sold nationally and internationally and won many major awards. By 37 years old I had my fourth child my daughter and my company Didge Designs flourished for 10 years.
2012 everything crashed I lost my business due to rents and department stores replacing Australian bands with their own. I watch my father die of a stroke all within six months, I fell into a depressive state. My husband children and close friends help me get through and I started reaching for the pencil again.
2017 I started painting as my children are not little any more I feel I have the time. My art now can tell my story I have never been to art school or lessons my art comes from my heart. I love colour and shade of nature and the beauty of fantasy, combining what I see living in Melbourne the flora, fauna, birds and animals and the gorgeous people I meet along the way.
2019 and I’m 51 yrs old and I just entered the Archibald prize 2019 for the first time ever, I wasn’t a finalist but the experience was wonderful. Art is my passion and I find myself reaching for that pencil or paint every day! I continue to sell many of my artworks. I love the idea knowing the joy I can bring through my art, and especially the conversation it may bring.....