BACKGROUND AND PHILOSOPHY
Having worked for 26 years as a Strategic Town Planner, with diminishing satisfaction, I embarked on a life-long ambition to become a practising artist. As the first step in this process I completed a Diploma of Visual Arts full time during 2002 and 2003, then undertook further part time study in printmaking in 2004 to achieve a major in painting and minors in both photography and printmaking. I then considered whether or not to continue with more tertiary study but was keen to begin my art practise and develop in my own space, unfettered, exploring and experimenting with both media and technique. Since that time I have continued to work from a home studio, exhibiting regularly.
While my style and associated media have evolved over time with continuing experimentation, the theme of my work has remained the same. I have an abiding fascination with intricate detail which focuses on details in nature. The forms and patterns in nature that I see while out walking (either in the bush or on the coast), and capture through a macro lens, continue to be the main inspiration for my art. I like to take a different facet of nature every 2 years, explore it, and then use it to produce a co-ordinated body of work.
As I enjoy variety, I work in painting and drawing as well as printmaking, using the different media to realise particular objectives. In printmaking my focus has been on collagraphs and monotypes with some lino cuts, producing mainly “one-offs” in linked series rather than doing editions. In painting I have experimented with combining string and impasto with oils and in drawing I like to work with a HB pencil slowly exposing the inticacies of my subject and building up depth, over many layers.
- Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning, Melbourne University, 1975
- Diploma of Visual Arts, Holmesglen TAFE, Moorabbin Campus – graduating 2004
- I have over 30 years of experience in drawing and painting which was a continuing hobby while working as a Town Planner, followed by some 10 years of practise as an artist. I have exhibited regularly in both group and solo shows eg:
- Group: One off shows at 69 Smith St and Kingston Arts Centre. Regular participation in Linden Postcards and Firestation shows including Postcards N – S and Summer Salon. I also curate and exhibit in the annual That’s Life exhibition at Firestation
- Solo: A variety of exhibitions at the Firestation, the most recent of which were Fungus Meets Ferrite (2013), Sea + Land = (2015) and Leafy Greens scheduled for August 2017
- My many years as a Strategic Planner developed organisational and problem solving skills which have been invaluable in my artistic practise, making me both inventive and resourceful.