Semi finalist for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2018

I am still feeling very grateful for my selection as a semi finalist in the DMNPP 2018 and thought I would share some progress shots of the painting.

This piece, ‘Hidden Rooms of Memory Welcome Me’, is the outcome of a concept currently consuming me. The idea of delving into our past experiences to attain personal insight and healing has forever intrigued me and as my youngest daughter, Bec, leaves behind her teen years my own fragile and tumultuous memories of this era fight for my attention. These portraits are styled with a 1970/80’s wallpaper landscape as reference to the appropriate period. I have completed numerous works in this series and will continue to do so as a means of giving voice, power and hopefully healing to my own youthful experiences. I truly believe even the most painful experiences can be transformed into something beautiful and meaningful.