My work is inspired by where I live and what I see around me; Sydney's waterways and bush headlands,  but also the built environment of the inner city. Natural light is essential to my art as it colours and transforms the world around us, affecting our mood moment by moment. While I enjoy painting and drawing en plein air, sketches made on site often become a source for intensive work in the studio. .

 

Painting  for me is a balancing act, teetering between structure and chaos. I look for abstract elements  rather than a naturalistic depiction and enjoy the texture and surface of paint.

Works may contain oil, acrylic, collage and etching.  Different media help me to explore favourite themes in the search towards the image held tentatively in my mind.

The picture plane undergoes many changes during the creative process as layers of colour, transparent medium or impasto are laid down and scraped off. Sometimes the miraculous happens when mysteriously everything falls into place.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019    Urban exhibition Shop Gallery Glebe

2018     Finalist NSW Parliament House Plein Air prize

2018     Highly Commended Waverley Woollahra 9x5 Landscape prize

2017     Finalist Chippendale World Art Residency online exhibition

2016     Vivacious: Palm House Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2016     BrandX open weekend - Kindof Gallery

2014     Winter Salon: Artsite Gallery Camperdown

2014     Selected finalist for En Plein Air Art Prize Parliament House

2013     Walking the Landscape: Artsite Gallery Camperdown

2013     Selected finalist for En Plein Air Art Prize Parliament House

2013    Imagined Landscapes: Gingko Gallery Glebe

2012     Beyond the Littoral: Parnella Gallery St Helens Tasmania

2012     Christmas Salon: Artsite Gallery Camperdown

2012     Great Unknown: Artsite Gallery Camperdown selected works from under-represented artists

2012     Hunter’s Hill Art Show

2011     Northbridge Art Prize Gallery 307 Northbridge

2010     Warringah art exhibition Artfocus Gallery and Studio Brookvale

2009     Gallery 41 Woolloomooloo group exhibitions

2009     Finalist Glover Prize for landscape painting Evandale Tasmania

2008     Viewpoints: Changeable Art North Sydney Community Centre

2008     Finalist Glover Prize for landscape painting Evandale Tasmania

2007     Journeys: Washhouse Gallery Rozelle

2006-7   Into Intaglio: Regard Gallery Darlington, group etching show

2006-8   Danks Street festival selected for artist’s stall

2006     Lorn Gallery launch: group show

2005     Three artists: Ginger Jar, Cammeray

2004     Dungog Days: two-person show, Dungog Gallery

2002     Central Highlands Art Prize Tasmania

 

AWARDS/HIGHLIGHTS

2010     Shoalhaven Open Art Prize Milton, Highly commended

2009     Shoalhaven Open Art Prize Milton – Runner up award

2008     City of Villages exhibition: Pine Street Gallery Chippendale  (Displayed as illuminated city poster)

2006     City of Village exhibition: Pine Street Gallery Chippendale (Displayed as illuminated city poster)