I started my artistic adventures when I was very young. From loving the feeling of mud, making mud pies and watching my artist aunt work, forming the most amazing shapes from lumps of clay, enamelling, drawing and painting.
At 4 my grandmother started to teach me to knit. A few years later my mum started teaching me to crochet hence my love of textures came into being.
Embroidery gave me the start to making pictures using different media. I combined threads with leaves, beads, old clothes torn into pieces to work with.
Then there was drawing, another early art love, and I still do pencil artworks.
Pencils gave me my start with colour.
Adding it all together with natural materials, I started weaving with ivy, vines I don’t always know the names of, palm and raffia.
I was mostly self-taught until the last four years. Having never done a formal educational course in the arts I wanted instruction and my desire to learn and explore has never diminished, only grown.
I am fortunate enough to have moved out of Sydney and discovered some amazing teachers with whom I have delved into inks, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal and more.
There is no favourite. It depends on what I want to say with my art at the time.
Upcycling or reusing materials combined with paints, inks, natural materials….these aspire to be combined with the thoughts, feelings and experiences of life, along with the beauty of nature, the senses are to be appreciated.
Recently, I received a commended award for my mixed media “Sea Spray” at Dobell Art Prize 2021. Exhibiting at Art Lover Movement 2021 I was asked to demonstrate my techniques in watercolour, gouache and colIage. I participated in the Lake Macquarie Open Studios 2020 and 2021. I have been teaching art to a small class of children at Studio 4 Morisett ,in 2021 and was selected as a finalist in Blackstone Gallery’s Works on Paper 2020 Blue theme for my mixed media “Mirage”. I have been selected as one of the finalists in the 2020 international exhibition of “Nature” by the Art Room Gallery with my woven sculpture ‘Nesting Bird’. Other successes have included acceptance into the national portrait exhibition in Bega as well as selection in The Newcastle Show and Easter Show for 2019. I have exhibited in various galleries – Ulmarra Art Gallery, Ferry Artists Wisemans Ferry, Finite Gallery Caves Beach, The Hunter Artisan Gallery. I have also completed commissions in various art forms and media. My website is the next step. It is in the embryo stage.
Instagram and facebook have given me opportunities to share.
There is no limit to exploring the world through creating…I hope you enjoy my art as much as I do in creating it.