Growing up in a family with 5 siblings was hectic to say the least.  I would snatch every unmonitored moment to sneak away, just to be able to create something with my hands..... painting, drawing, sewing, colouring and even wood working (in my dad’s shed).  I would spend hours upon hours hiding away working on some wonderful creation.  Somehow, in the process of getting older, I no longer allowed myself this life giving, precious space.  I had been told, and began to believe, it was a frivoulous indulgence.  So in 2002 when I found myself at a crossroad, with my families support, I chose to re-ignite my childhood passion in the form of painting.  Since then I have taken classes with many tutors however, as any artist will tell you, it is the practice that improves your skills.  Painting is a very solitary endeavour though I have found that it has helped me to relax at a very deep level, taking me to the most beautiful contemplative places where I feel completely alert, and yet so peaceful and content. The process has the ability to take me beyond my normal words and thoughts, where the ordinary becomes intriguing and the insignificant seems overwhelmingly imperative.  Somehow painting has enabled me to transform some very painful and potentially overwhelming experiences into something good, beautiful, and valuable.  I live in Brisbane, Australia, with my husband and two of my three children (my eldest daughter lives in Perth with her husband and my two grandsons).  I share most of my daily routine with our dog, Daisy.  We have a wonderful life and I feel very blessed.

Growing up in a family with 5 siblings was hectic to say the least.  I would snatch every unmonitored moment to sneak away, just to be able to create something with my hands..... painting, drawing, sewing, colouring and even wood working (in my dad’s shed).  I would spend hours upon hours hiding away working on some wonderful creation.  Somehow, in the process of getting older, I no longer allowed myself this life giving, precious space.  I had been told, and began to believe, it was a frivoulous indulgence.  So in 2002 when I found myself at a crossroad, with my families support, I chose to re-ignite my childhood passion in the form of painting.  Since then I have taken classes with many tutors however, as any artist will tell you, it is the practice that improves your skills.

Painting is a very solitary endeavour though I have found that it has helped me to relax at a very deep level, taking me to the most beautiful contemplative places where I feel completely alert, and yet so peaceful and content. The process has the ability to take me beyond my normal words and thoughts, where the ordinary becomes intriguing and the insignificant seems overwhelmingly imperative.  Somehow painting has enabled me to transform some very painful and potentially overwhelming experiences into something good, beautiful, and valuable.

I live in Brisbane, Australia, with my husband and two of my three children (my eldest daughter lives in Perth with her husband and my two grandsons).  I share most of my daily routine with our dog, Daisy.  We have a wonderful life and I feel very blessed.

CV

Currently living in Brisbane, born 1965 in Canberra, Australia

Exhibitions

2018     Finalist Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Townsville Qld

           Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong

           Finalist Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane

           Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe Qld

2017     Affordable Art Fair Singapore    

           Finalist EMSLA Art Prize, Wollongong NSW

           Exhibiting Downlands Art Exhibition, Toowoomba Qld

           ‘Fructuous’ – Solo exhibition Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

           Art Expo Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

           Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong

            Finalist Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane

           Winner People's Choice Award Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswelbrook NSW

           Winner 3rd Prize in International Artist Magazine Still Life No.97

            Finalist The 2016 Bluethumb Art Prize, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne Australia

2016     Peoples Choice Award Kennedy Art Prize 2016, Adelaide

            Chosen as 2017 Cover for Art-Prizes Calendar, Australia

            Exhibiting Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Singapore

            Winner Brisbane, Cliftons Art Prize, Asia Pacific

            Finalist Clayton Utz Art Award 2016, Brisbane

            Finalist The Artist Magazine 'Annual Art Competition' USA

            First Prize Open Class RNA Art Competition, Brisbane

           'Transformation' Exhibition Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

            Lethbridge 10,000 Award finalist, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

            Best of Show Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane

            Exhibiting AustArt Studio, New York, USA

            Exhibiting in Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, USA

            Exhibiting in Mary Martin Gallery, Florida, USA

2015      Exhibiting Spectrum Miami, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

            Exhibiting San Diego Contemporary Art Show, Balboa Park, San Diego, USA

            2 person Exhibition 'Cherished', Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

            Exhibiting Clayfield College Art Exhibition 'Inspired', Jugglers Art Space, Fortitude Valley

            Finalist Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane

            Exhibiting Lethbridge Galley Artist Showcase, Brisbane

            Exhibiting Brisbane Painting and Drawing Exhibition, Richard Randall Studio, Brisbane

2014    Peoples Choice Award and Commended for Originality, Lethbridge 10,000 Award finalist, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

            Finalist Clayton Utz Art Award 2014, Brisbane                                  

            Exhibiting Lethbridge Finalists Exhibition, Brisbane

            Exhibiting Lethbridge Gallery Artist Showcase, Brisbane

2010    Commended for Skill Award, Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award finalist, Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington

            Exhibiting Nundah Village Festival Art Exhibition, Nundah                                   

            Brookfield Art Competition, Brisbane

            Wilston Art Exhibition, Wilston State School, Wilston

            RNA Art Competition, RNA Show, Brisbane

            Nudgee School Art Exhibition, St Josephs Nudgee College, Boondall, Brisbane

            Martin Galleries, Nundah - Group Exhibition

            Flower Power Exhibition - Artworkers Alliance, Paddington

            Grammar Art Show (invitational), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane

            Artscape - Padua College, Stafford

            Terrace Art Show, St Josephs College, Springhill

2009    Brookfield Art Competition, Brisbane

            RNA Art Competition, Brisbane

            Nudgee School Art Exhibition, Boondall, Brisbane

            Highly Commended Award, Nundah Village Festival Art Exhibition, Northside Honda Showroom, Nundah

            Grammar Art Show (invitational), Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane

            Hillsdon Art Exhibition, Hillsdon Kindergarten Assoc, Taringa

            Marist College Blue and Gold Ball – Art Auction, Ashgrove

2008    Finalist Redland Art Awards, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

            RNA Art Competition, Brisbane

            2 x Highly Commended Awards,Wilston Art Exhibition, Wilston State School, Wilston

            Brookfield Art Competition, Brisbane

            Mater Dei Art Exhibition, Ashgrove

            Marist College Blue and Gold Ball – Art Auction, Ashgrove

2007    RNA Art Competition, Brisbane

            Brookfield Art Competition, Brisbane

            Caloundra City School Art Exhibition, Caloundra

            Redeemer Lutheran College Christian Art Exhibition, Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

            Nudgee School Art Exhibition, St Josephs Nudgee College, Boondall, Brisbane

            Hillsdon Art Exhibition, Hillsdon Kindergarten Assoc, Taringa

            Marist College Blue and Gold Ball – Art Auction, Ashgrove

            Mater Dei Art Exhibition, Ashgrove

            Operation Smile – Art Auction Charity Ball, Operation Smile Australia

2006    Best Still LIfe/Floral Award Wilston Art Exhibition, Wilston State School, Wilston

            RNA Art Competition, Brisbane

            Caloundra Art and Craft Festival, Caloundra Sports Centre, Caloundra

            Brookfield Art Competition, Brisbane

            Canapés and Canvases Exhibition, MS Foundation, Herston

            PPC Celebration – Art Auction, Greek Community Centre, West End

            Mater Dei Art Exhibition, Mater Dei Primary School, Ashgrove

2005    Brookfield Art Competition, Brisbane

           RNA Art Competition, Brisbane

           Courier-Mail Art Competition, Brisbane

           Caloundra Art and Craft Festival, Caloundra Sports Centre, Caloundra

           Art and Soul Exhibition, La Boite Round House Theatre, Kelvin Grove

           Operation Smile – Art Auction Charity Ball, Operation Smile Australia

           Sassafras Art Exhibition, Sassafras Restaurant, Paddington

            Marist College Ashgrove 125 years Celebration – Art Auction, Ashgrove

           Ashgrove State School Art Exhibition, Ashgrove

           Hillsdon Art Exhibition, Hillsdon Kindergarten Assoc, Taringa

           Mater Dei Art Exhibition, Ashgrove

2004    Brookfield Art Competition, Brisbane

           RNA Art Competition, Brisbane

           Wilston Art Exhibition, Wilston State School, Wilston

           Nudgee School Art Exhibition, St Josephs Nudgee College, Boondall, Brisbane

           Best Floral Award Laidley Shire Annual Art Awards, Laidley

           Hillsdon Art Exhibition, Taringa

2003    Nonna Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art, Windsor

 

Bibliography

Feature in French Magazine Pratique des Arts March 2018 issue p41

American Art Collector Magazine, March 2017 issue 137 p103

International Artist Magazine, Feb/March 2017 Issue 113 p7

Cover of Art-Prizes Calendar 2017, Australia

Markle, James 32nd Annual Art Competition finalist Artist Magazine p43 Dec 2015

Marsh, Sarah “Sweet Release”Section8 Magazine online November 2015

Brown ,Phil “The fruits of Art” Courier MailCanvas Mag p11 October 2014

McDowall, Carolyn “Annual Lethbridge 10000 Art Award 2014” The Culture Concept Circle Online Magazine September 2014

Purdon, Fiona “Small ideas make big difference” Courier Mail p2 and p30 June 2014

Lill, Jasmin “Small art, big prizes” Westside News cover and p43 June 2014

“Lethbridge 10000” Brisbane VisualArts Guide Online June 2014

Issue 12 Wyvern Magazine 2011 Events p14 Kings College UQ 2011

Grams, Jacob “Artists ready to be discovered” Northside Chronicle, Life art April 2010

 

Education

2016     Portrait from Life Workshop - Andrew Bonneau

            Life Drawing Classes, Brisbane Institute of Art

            Life Drawing Class - David Henderson

            Portraiture Class - David Henderson

2015      Life Drawing Classes, Brisbane Institute of Art

            Skin Texture Class - Marciel Desbiens

            Portrait from Life Workshop - Andrew Bonneau

2014      Life drawing Classes

2012      Flowers Workshop - Marciel Desbiens

2011       James Guppy Workshop weekend

2010      Peter Churcher Workshop

             Brett Lethbridge Art Classes

2009     Joel Rae Art Classes

2006     Brett Lethbridge Art Class

2004     Cernak - Redhill Art Class               

             Donna Gibb Art Classes

2003     Brisbane Institute of Art

                                    - Portraiture Course

                                    - Life Drawing

              TAFE Course – Pen and Ink

              TAFE Course - Drawing

 

Corporate and Private Collections

Cliftons, Sydney Australia

Reliance Worlwide Corporation, Australia

Kings College, University of Qld, St Lucia Queensland

o   1 Portrait and 2 Posthumous Portraits of previous Masters of the College

o   Rugby painting

Tupicoffs Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Many private commissions

 

Works Donated for Fundraising and Charity Events

2016   Fundraiser for Tanzania Orphange Dinner

2015   Marist College 75th Jubilee Dinner

2009  Kings College ‘Kings in Pink’ Breast Cancer Event

          Marist College Melbourne Cup Race Day

          Marist College Blue and Gold Ball – Art Auction

2008   Mater Dei Art Exhibition

           St Dolores School

           Marist College Blue and Gold Ball – Art Auction

2007   Operation Smile

          Mater Dei Art Exhibition

          Marist College Blue and Gold Ball – Art Auction

          St Dolores School

2006  Fistula Fund Fundraiser

          Mater Dei Art Exhibition

          Pregnancy Problem Centre Fundraiser

2005  Sassafras Restaurant Fundraiser

          Mater Dei Art Exhibition

          Operation Smile