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I paint mainly contemporary Australian landscapes using a semiabstract, imaginative and intuitive approach. I often use mixed media on canvas and use typical tools, most often my fingers. I also create using inks, pens and pencils. I include First Nations names wherever possible. My paintings are atmospheric and can include smoke with respect to indigenous smoke ceremonies. I endeavor to create landscapes that connect elements of the earth including moods.
I have enjoyed art all my life, but chose a career in education. Firstly, as a primary teacher and later as an EAL teacher, often using art to support language. Happily now, I am working as an artist full-time. My chosen mediums are: mixed media, acrylics, alcohol inks and pen and pencil drawings. My painting style is contemporary, semiabstract, layered and textured. I don’t paint en plein air, but rely on my travels and memories to create my work. Most often, I rely on a piece to speak to me as I work, so I would regard myself as an intuitive artist who incorporates elements of design, along with imagination. Most of my work is inspired by our Australian natural environment. Recently, I’ve become interested in First Nations smoke ceremonies (cool burns, ceremonial and intangible) and use the effect to create atmosphere in some of my paintings. I’ve also become interested in fissure compositions, linking what is above the earth, to what is below (and to what is unseen). I usually paint on stretched canvas, but also use various papers. My tools are my fingers, a variety of brushes, palette knives and dabbling rags.