I always knew I was going to be an artist when I “grew up”. I have painted since I was a little girl, enjoying the tactility of using paints, crayons, pencils and paper to creating impressions of my world, and very little has changed as an adult.
In all my artworks, I endeavour to work from a personal and intuitive position using rich colour, line and expressive and dynamic brushwork. I prefer to work with abstraction as I find it the most intellectually rewarding and dynamic of all the artistic styles. Inherent in the process of abstraction is transformation – of materials, of the visual, and of the self.
As a process-based artist, every painting is a journey as I work from a sketch or visual memory without preconceived notions of how the end result will be. It is very important to allow the painting to begin to ‘talk’ to me, to allow for openness and the unexpected, and this is where painting is such a reward, as the artwork begins to take shape without effort. I draw on my emotional and physical energy as I paint, meditating on the full gamut of memories of places, often thinking about the way it felt to be in that space, and this sensory awareness comes out in my paintings in my choice of palette, the intensity of brush marks and the quality of the painted surface.
I use the highest quality art materials as I believe in creating artwork to be treasured as an investment that will last a lifetime.
Thematically, my artworks explore human connections with nature and the environment. Personally, I have experienced the healing and nurturing power of nature at times of physical, emotional and spiritual need. It is my desire that through my art, people find another way to connect with and appreciate the beauty and (il)logic of nature.
Since finishing post-graduate studies in 2015 I have exhibited much more frequently in Adelaide, and I’m open to hearing from you regarding exhibition and commission opportunities!
I hold Honours (First) in Bachelor of Visual Arts (UniSA) and a Master of Teaching (Flinders University). My work is held in numerous private collections throughout Australia. I balance my studio practice with part-time teaching as I love to encourage both adults and children to develop their visual art skills and explore their personal visual language.