Meet The Artist
I am in my small, cramped and somewhat cluttered studio. Surrounded by pots and tubes of paint, brushes, sticks of charcoal, pastels, inks, old x-rays, canvasses and so much more. All this deliciousness! This is my favourite room in the house and my haven. I delight in spending as much time as possible here (much to the abandonment of anything resembling domestic duties).
Even as a child the urge to create was strong in me, but it was not until later adult life that I had the opportunity to pursue my art practice with the time and gusto it demands and deserves.
Entirely self-taught, the road has been, at times, fraught and difficult. An unswerving determination to produce something resembling good art has been my driver. Retiring from paid employment has enabled me to spend so much more time in the studio and I feel my work has evolved significantly over last few years. I have recently been working in oil paint, what a wonderfully versatile medium.
2021 was an exciting year. Securing a fiercely contested Artist In Residence in March with Hilltop Arts followed by a solo exhibition in the beautiful Studio One started the year off well. The invitation to join Singulart Gallery's stable of artists was certainly a highlight. Singulart is a French based online gallery and is recognized globally as one of the top ten platforms for artists to display their work. I also had works accepted into Envision Gallery's (an American gallery based in New Mexico) virtual exhibitions twice. A very successful solo exhibition in the gorgeous Kitabisa Gallery in Albury topped off a good year.
2022 highlights included selection of works for inclusion in two of Singulart Australian Artist curated features. An offer to create a large scale wire sculpture for the Geelong Art Centre upgrade (sadly had to decline due to travel constraints) and inclusion in several more Envision Gallery virtual exhibitions.
2023 has seen one of my paintings selected for the cover of Dingo Australian Jazz Journal and multiple teaching engagements. A very successful local Art Trail in March saw many of my works going to new homes. Lets see what the remainder of the year brings.
Creating is as important as breathing now and I find myself unable to be absent from the studio for more than a few days before I am lured back. There is always an overwhelming need to feed my addiction!