I developed a love of drawing as a child, when I first drew my aging auntie in the bath. I have always been fascinated by people, their character and the individuality of their faces, which has led to my passionate interest in portraits and figurative work. My nudes are real people, not generic or idealized. I try to capture the essence of a person, their
unique beauty, and the way they express themselves in their body.
My other fascination is with the drama of light, and the way it shapes and changes objects, enhances composition and creates mood.
I use a number of mediums, including pastel, charcoal and conte, pen & ink, gouache, watercolour, pencil, acrylics, photography, and mixed media, and currently, oils. I find that changing and experimenting with mediums keeps me fresh and open to learning.
Influences along the way have included Degas, Klimt, Sargent, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt, Japanese art, Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud and Richard Schmidt.
I have studied oil painting with Peter Churcher, Lee Machelak, and Maxwell Wilkes, and drawing with Harold Freedman, Geoff Dupree and Godwin Bradbeer.
I had my first solo exhibition in 2007 at Brunswick Street Gallery, and have won a number of Prizes and Highly Commended Awards, including Best Oil Painting $600-1200 at St Kevin’s College Art Show 2008.
My work is in many Australian and International private collections.
I am happy to do commissioned work locally and welcome enquiries.