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My training as a secondary art teacher led to a very happy career in education at Eltham High School spanning the years from 1976 – 2009. I have been fortunate to work with students, teachers and a local community committed to pursuing a love of the arts.
I continue to be fascinated by the exploration of and the expressive qualities inherent in different materials – oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, printmaking, textiles and mixed media.
Whilst I love making art in all forms my real love is creating paintings that are a celebration of the Australian landscape. I attempt to capture the spirit of the places that I have become familiar with over many years. In particular I am drawn to and continually paint the coastal bush and seashore of the Mornington Peninsula, the Victorian alpine regions and the Eltham environment where I have lived and worked for 40 years.
My responses are expressed in a range of media including ‘plein air’ water colour and gouache studies, collages and oil painting. I love the unpredictability and spontaneity of working with watercolour. Combining its intensity with the immediacy of opaque gouache colour is magic for me. I enjoy pushing the limits and defying the rules by using layers of semi transparent colour and working light over dark and dragging and scumbling the paint to imitate the textures in nature.
Likewise with oil painting my subject is primarily the medium and the exploration of layering transparent and opaque colour, controlled and spontaneous mark making and an attempt to capture the richness of our surroundings.
2019 - Flinders Art
2019 - Mornington Rotary Art Show
2018 - Mount Eliza Art
2018 - Flinders Art
2017 - Eltham Library Arts Space, ‘Unveiling Union’ (group show)
2016 - Mornington Peninsula Art
2016 -Flinders Art, Community Exhibition – Honorable Mention Award
2015 - Tussock Upstairs (group show) Point Lonsdale
2015 - Flinders Art
2015 - Mornington Peninsula Art
2014 - Eltham Library, ‘Presence and Absence’ (group show)
2014 - ‘Recent Paintings’ (2 persons) at Lovegroves Winery, Cottles Bridge
2013 - Mornington Peninsula Art, Flinders,
2012 – Tussock Upstairs ( group show) Point Lonsdale
2012 – OAK HILL ‘postcards exhibition’ – ‘2ndprize’
2011 - OAK HILL – “ANALOGY”
2011 – Flinders Art Show – “Highly Commended”
2010 - OAK HILL MORNINGTON, various shows eg Little Archies,
2010 - ‘Seven’ at Victorian Artists’ Society (group show)
2010 - ‘Taut Connections’ - Lovegroves Winery Cottles Bridge (group)
2010 – ‘Live, Love, Life’ – Australian Guild of Realist Artists (group)
2009 – ‘Mixed Encounters’ at Victorian Artists Society (group show)
2009 – ‘Earth, Wind, Water’ at OAK HILL (group).
We had pretty good show considering it was run as a COVID Safe Event with timed 2 hour sessions and ticketed. We achieved Sales above 20% grossing $104k (including Artist in Residence) which was our highest result ever and yielding an averaging selling price point of $537.
Date: Sun 11 Apr 2021