About the Artist
Painting continuously for the last 17 years, I find the love of trees and natural shapes a place to begin a painting. Maritime has also been a major subject.
My work ranges from soft impressionistic pastels to larger works of spontaneous mark making.
I am an exhibiting Member of the Australian Pastel Society and the Australian Society of Maritime Artists.
It may seem like second nature but it has been a long road of discovery and learning to find my voice.
Capturing the emotional essence of a subject is an important aspect of my work painting identifiable images, and impressionism bordering on abstraction.
My influences stem from my early years of living on an isolated landscape with family to an art career in the Graphic Art industry in Melbourne where I learnt to paint and design according to the needs of the client.
I have lived near the sea for the past 40 years.
Both of these environments have had a strong influence on my painting subjects.
Studying Fine Art at Newcastle University in 2001 broadened my techniques and knowledge.
Exhibiting regularly, teaching classes and giving workshops to groups fills my desire to connect with other artists, and extend myself on a weekly basis.
My philosophy is to keep an open mind and devote my life to always learning something new.
Prizes 2004 – 2015
- Newcastle Mattara Art…1st 2004
- Oyster Bay …1st 2nd & best of the show oils 2005
- Newport Festival of Marine Artists Australia… 2nd oil 2008
- Highly Commended Raymond Terrace Pastel 2008
- Stockton Maritime Art Show… 1st Pastel 2009
- Finalist Norville Art Prize Oil 2010
- Highly Commended Newcastle Art Prize Oil 2011
- Newcastle Agricultural Show …1st works on paper. Pastel 2011
- Newcastle Art Prize… 1st Pastel overall winner 2011
- Newcastle Art Prize… 1st Pastel section 2012
- 1st Port Stephens Maritime Prize… Oil 2012
- Highly commended Pt Stephens Art Show Oil 2013
- Highly commended Pastel … Singleton art show 2013
- Highly commended Pastel … Newcastle Art Prize 2013
- Highly commended Pastel … Newcastle Art prize 2014
- 2nd PASTEL country members…. Pastel Society of Australia 2014
- 1st …MARITIME / INDUSTRIAL PRIZE …
- Newcastle Art Prize / Society of Artists Newcastle 2015 .
- 2nd …Singleton Rotary Art Show 2015
- Hazelhurst Regional Gallery – 3 artists
- Hazelhurst Regional Gallery – works on paper
- Mosman City Art prize
- Camden Art prize 30th year
- Hunters Hill Art prize
- Kiama Art prize
- Maitland Art prize
- Newcastle Mattara Art prize
- Oatley West Art prize
- Oyster Bay Art prize
- Singleton Art prize
- Scone Art prize
- Australian Soc.of Marine Artists Darling Harbour
- Balmain Watchhouse
- Newport Marine Festival
- Laguna Public School art show
- Newcastle Art prize 2012
- Norville Art Prize 2012
- Breeza public hall exhibition 2013
- Solo exhibitions 2014
- Gunnedah Community Art Gallery 2013
- John Hunter Hospital ,2014
- Haydon Hall Murrurundi 2014
- CStudios Gallery Newcastle.2015