My inspiration comes from an emotional feeling when I am attracted to the colour, movement, beauty and light in the world around me,
which I endeavour to transfer to canvas in a way which inspires.
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Coming from a creative family I was exposed to artistic pursuits at an early age and found in drawing a satisfying pastime that my parents actively encouraged. Later on I completed a full time two year Art and Design course covering the principles of perspective, anatomy, drawing from life, design principles, colour theory etc. I was unable to take up painting due to family and work commitments till many years later.
I have been exhibiting, selling and winning awards for my work for about 20 years and consider myself as self-taught. Along the way I have gained my painting knowledge through watching demonstrations, doing workshops and years of personal experimentation.
For many years I worked in Pastel, but now prefer Mixed Media, Acrylic and Oil on stretched canvas. My work has become more abstracted in recent years, but I still believe the traditional basics as being essential to diversify and progress.
A few of my highlights have been winning awards:
Best Painting in Show (any medium) to $800 at Camberwell Rotary Exhibition
Best Landscape/Seascape in Show (any medium) – Brighton Art Society
Best Painting in Show – Kingswood College
Best Pastel in Show – Waverley Art Society Annual Exhibition
Best Pastel in Show – Spring Exhibition – Sherbrook Art Society
Best Pastel in Show – Mount Waverley Art Exhibition
Plus many Commended and Highly Commended Awards at various Art Exhibitions around Melbourne and Regional Victoria, Group Exhibitions and The Australian Guild of Realist Artists.
Commissioned to paint a Local Scene by Knox Leader Newspaper.
Exhibited in Without Pier, Sherbrooke, Mulgrave and AGRA Galleries.
“Be as you as you can possibly be”.