I am a professional Australian artist and enjoy working with gouache and acrylics. However I have produced works in oils, charcoal, watercolour, pencil and coloured pencil.
My career background includes 30+ successful years in Primary Education. It was a wonderful experience and I was able to use my artistic abilities to inspire an appreciation of art, in all its many facets, and to have my young charges become involved in a range of art experiences.
During this time I qualified as a Reading Recovery and Special Education teacher. My roles also included Assistant Principal, Consultant in Science and Technology and Consultant in Educational Leadership for the South Western Sydney Region. I lectured part-time at the University of Western Sydney in the Indigenous Student Teacher Education Program (Badanami Unit) in the area of Visual and Performing Arts, Science and Technology and Human Society and Its Environment.
My knowledge and appreciation of Australia's rich Aboriginal cultures have grown considerably. In this role I developed and implemented quality teaching and learning programs in all Key Learning Areas to enable all students to access the curriculum and develop the skills they needed to progress as successful, confident individuals. Many of these programs (including Aboriginal education initiatives) are still used as exemplars in Sydney schools.
My Preferred Style & Influences
I have had no formal training in art but have always been able to draw. I am fortunate to have as mentors well known artists such as Freda Surgenor, Paul Margocsy and Joe Cartwright who have encouraged and supported my growth as an artist. The works of Paul Margocsy, Robert Bateman and Nada O’Loughlan have also greatly inspired me. Recently I have become an ardent fan of the works of Albrecht Dürer.
Because of my love of detail and rich colour I was absolutely taken by the vibrancy and flexibility of gouache. My abilities in gouache techniques and teaching have held me in good stead when demonstrating my work to various audiences. I am currently providing private tuition in these techniques as well as demonstrations and workshops to various art societies. I identified a need for workshops in resume writing for artists and developed a short program to assist artists in this area. The program has been well received.
Airbrushing techniques have been added to my repertoire resulting in a popular series of wildlife paintings.
I have been invited to critique the art of the members of a number of art societies and have found it a most rewarding experience.
Commissions & Art Therapy
Much of my work is commissioned particularly in the area of Pet Portraits. I really enjoy the challenge of capturing the essence of the individual animal and the connectivity between pet and 'owner'.
As Art Therapist at a Disability Centre for young people in their late teens to early 30s, I developed a program based on the clients' skills and abilities. Individual and program goals have been set and the activities are geared towards achievement in all areas. I love teaching and making a difference. It was a rewarding step for me as the response was warm and exciting.
- Artworks held in private collections in USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand and throughout Australia.
- Coordinator of the Oatley 101 Society of Artists Members' Exhibition 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
- Coordinator of the highly successful Waterbrook Art Exhibition at Yowie Bay, NSW 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
- President Oatley 101 Society of Artists 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
- Active member of the Oatley 101 Society of Artists Inc.
- Invited to launch Harrington Park PS’s first student art exhibition in 2009. The donated artwork illustrates the school motto and was well received by the school community.
- Invited to participate in the successful “13 Leading Women Artists’ Exhibition” in 2012.
- Works selected for exhibition in the ‘Combined Art Societies, Art of Sydney Awards’ (2009 to 2017).
- Image of "The Boys are Back in Town" used on all promotional material for the successful new Bush Festival in Victoria 2016.
- The image of “Silent Watch,” is used in presentations on Climate Change at international conferences.
- Highly successful featured Artist Kurnell Art Gallery July 2012, June 2013, December 2013.
- Supported Retina Australia Association in their major fundraiser 2013, 2014, 2015 with donations of artworks and the collection and compilation of artworks by other artists.
- Donated artworks to Youth off the Streets, Retina Association Australia, Sutherland Hospital, Response for Life and Rylestone Anglican Church raised record amounts for these charities.
- Finalist - Oatley 101 Society of Artists Members'Exhibition 2016
- Highly Commended - Oatley 101 Society of Artists Members' Exhibition 2015
- Highly Commended - Oil/acrylic section - Frost Over Barraba 2015
- Highly Commended - Contemporary section - Henry Lawson Festival 2015
- People's Choice Award - Evans Arts Council Exhibition 2014 (Bathurst)
- Commended - Oatley 101 Society of Artists Members' Exhibition 2014.
- Commended - Waterbrook Open Art Exhibition 2014
- Commended - Contemporary section, Henry Lawson Festival 2013.
- Finalist - Oatley 101 Members’ Exhibition 2010, 2012, 2013.
- People’s Choice Award - Oatley 101 - November 2010, March 2012, August 2013, March 2014.
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