In 1995 I was introduced to the wonders behind the looking
glass when I began working as an Artists model, sometimes trading my modelling
fee for classes with David Briggs at Julian Ashton’s Art School.
I started doing some commercial art work in 1996 for Di Emmes Art
Inc doing copy painting, mural work, aging paintings and gilding frames while
continuing to model.
In 1997 I was accepted into the foundation year at the National
Art School, studying painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, art
history and art theory. By my final year of study, 1999, I felt I was starting
to produce resolved work and began showing outside school shows and entering art
The next few years
I work extensively on site on many different projects, including trips to
Menindee Lakes, painting the Heritage boats at Rozelle Bay, The Hawkesbury
River, and the amazing Sydney Harbour.
My first solo show at Hazlehurst Regional Gallery in 2002 was a
successful showing of a combination of 2 series of paintings, On Site around
Sydney and Fairy Paintings.
My second solo
show late 2003 was at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown, an exhibition of
drawings and paintings from my travels with Stardust Circus,
several months spent travelling(and working bloody Hard!) through the
mining towns in outback Queensland capturing the nomadic show life, an
experience that stays with me still.
Due to health reasons I had to move away from oil painting and
its toxic mediums and spent some time re training and learning to use new
In 2009 I studied Figure Painting with Leyla Spencer at The Royal
Art Society and in 2010 won their annual student prize and a scholarship for the
next years study.
I have continued with my site painting in the city, on the coast
and in the bush, now using mainly acrylic paints, sketching and
I enjoy the challenge of catching a portrait with the personality
of the sitter as well as a likeness, and in keeping it fresh and alive and
I paint and draw from the figure regularly with several sketch
and painting groups including the old Brandling Street Crew (now Brandling Art
Society, currently at Newtown and Marrickville.)
My love of animals has led to many commissioned pet portraits
over the last few years as well as numerous sketches of Skippy and BoomBoom, my
dog and cat.
I have been living
in Glebe for the past 9 years and quite often be found somewhere near the
foreshore, sketching the bridge or the city or the steam boats, or trying to
catch the light and shadows of the bay.
Group shows and exhibitions have kept me busy, including being
hung in the Mosman Art Prize, the Waverly Art Prize, The Glebe Art Show, Addison
Road Gallery, the Watch House, the Tap Gallery and Foodarama and Seasons