I’m a South Aussie girl who has grown up in an artistic and creative family and was encouraged to draw from an early age. I studied art at high school but like many of my class mates thought pursuing mainstream academic fields was a more prudent career choice.
Having a natural curiosity for people and the human mind I completed my studies in 1994, obtaining an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Adelaide following the completion of a BA in Communication Studies from the University of South Australia. After spending a number of years working within human resources and administration, I decided to return to my love of painting. The mix of these two joys, my interest in people coupled with my love of art, is where I find myself happiest.
My love for nature and beauty was amplified the day my husband and I moved to New Zealand and experienced its magnificent landscape and sense of freedom. Fast forward eight years and a return to Adelaide and it’s own beautiful light, I’ve continued to nourish my creative talents while still supporting myself with administration work.
My art is both an appreciation of all things whimsical and nature’s vibrant colour. My favourite place to be is at my painting table suspended in time watching an idea unfold.
I love to experiment with colour and patterns. I especially love the vibrancy of acrylics and use these often in my work, but I also have a healthy love and respect for the medium of watercolour. I am constantly discovering new ways to express the diversity and subtlety in both mediums. I choose different brands of canvas and colours of paints depending on which offers the most vibrance and quality.
My goal is to create art that helps me celebrate the joy and wonder in everyday life and to share it with others !
Some things you may not know about me…
My father was a commercial artist for over 40 years. He taught us to see beyond first impressions and pay attention to detail which made him a tough task master & mentor for my siblings and I growing up as we would attempt to emulate his work. Every day was an art lesson and he always had an encouraging word.
Another of my passions is food. Especially dessert! Many of my family are bakers and pastry chefs so it is little wonder I have an obsession with all things sweet and chocolatey and like to incorporate these into my art too.
Owls feature a lot in my art. They represent symbols of wisdom, patience and beauty to me which make them irrestible.
I love yoga and meditation.