After losing confidence in my painting ability at art teacher training college, I didn't paint for 40 years. I left secondary school teaching to pursue my interest in writing and literature, gained a PhD in English and ended up teaching Media and Communications at university.
Early in my retirement, the tutor of a watercolour painting class I attended renewed my confidence and that's when I rediscovered my love of painting. I returned to acrylics and began exhibiting my work in 2009, soon developing a distinctive painting style incorporating vibrant colour, minimalism and hard edge abstraction.
My formative influences include the Post Impressionists such as Gauguin; the simplicity and bold design of Japanese woodcuts and the organic, flowing line of Art Nouveau.
My subject matter includes portraits, seascapes and more recently, iconic Melbourne landmarks including the Skipping Girl Vinegar sign, Luna Park and the Cheese Stick.
The migration series which I began in 2015, was inspired by my parents' stories concerning our migration by sea in the 1950s and was developed in response to the ANL Maritime Award theme 'Humanity's Relationship with the Sea'.
After winning a number of awards in local exhibitions, I began entering national award exhibitions and have been selected as a finalist in some of these, including the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2017) and the ANL Maritime Award (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).
Exhibitions by Invitation -
Marvellous Melbourne, Pan Pacific Hotel, South Wharf, Melbourne, 2019-2020
Exhibitions by Selection -
Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery, 2020
Art Lovers Australia Art Prize, 2020
SBS Portrait Prize, Southern Buoy Studios, Mornington, 2019
Hidden Faces – The Victorian Salon des Refuses, Pan Pacific Melbourne Hotel, South Wharf, 2018, 2019, 2020
Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 2017
Annual Maritime Art Award & Exhibition, Mission To Seafarers Victoria, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Who is Looking at You? Portrait Exhibition, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood, 2015, 2018
NAB Flanagan Art Exhibition, St Patricks College, Ballarat, 2016, 2017
Semi-finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize, 2018
Camberwell Art Show, Hawthorn, 2015, 2018
Hobsons Bay Art Show, Williamstown, 2016
Bayside Art Show, Sandringham 2014, 2015
CamART, Camberwell Girls Grammar School, 2013
Melton Art Show, 2011
Solo Exhibitions -
Mr Perceval Cafe, East Malvern, 2014
LiTTLE ArtSpace, Milawa, 2011
Group Exhibitions -
Crossing the Bridge: recent work by 6 Phillip Island artists, Meeniyan Art Gallery, 2017
Form & Rhythm (with Helen Hill), Blue Pig Gallery, Wonthaggi, 2013
Figure(ing) Landscape (with Helen Hill), Flour Mill Gallery, Euroa, 2012
Reflections (with Heather Carroll), Community Hub Gallery, Inverloch, 2011
First Prize, Open Section, Winter Solstice Exhibition, ArtSpace, Wonthaggi, 2019
Best Oil/Acrylic, Inverloch Art Show, 2019
Best Portrait, Artists’ Society of Phillip Island Easter Exhibition, 2018
2nd Prize Contemporary Section, Yakkerboo Art Show, Pakenham, 2018
Best Contemporary, Artists’ Society of Phillip Island Cup Weekend Exhibition, 2019, 2016
Best Contemporary, Rotary Club of Leongatha Art and Photography Show, 2016
2nd Prize Pakenham Portraits, Yakkerboo Art Show, Pakenham, 2016
Silver Medal, Yakkerboo Art Show, Pakenham, 2015
Joint Winner, ‘A Sense of Place’, Artists’ Society of Phillip Island Easter Art Exhibition, 2015
Figure-It-Now Visual Arts Award for Best Human Figure, Artists’ Society of Phillip Island Easter Art Exhibition, 2014
Best Contemporary/Abstract Award, Bass Coast Artists’ Society Easter Exhibition, 2013
Blue Pig Gallery PurpleX Gate/Space Award, Blue Pig Gallery, Wonthaggi 2013
Highly Commended (2009-2018) Hobsons Bay Art Show; Ficifolia Art Show; Artists’ Society of Phillip Island Easter & Cup Weekend Exhibitions; San Remo Rotary Art Show; Bass Coast Artists’ Society Easter Exhibition; Korumburra Rotary Art Show.
Higher Diploma of Teaching Secondary (Art & Crafts), Melbourne State College (1970)
Bachelor of Arts, Chisholm Institute of Technology, 1988
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1996