Australia’s beauty, detail and colour.
Everything natural in Australia is unique and that’s something worth celebrating through art and design.
Many plants and flowers, from hard to find natives to introduced favourites in neighbourhood gardens, have intricacies that demand careful and close examination. Birds and other creatures can be hard to find and are fast to move, so it’s difficult but rewarding to study them closely.
By painting what I encounter I can pursue beauty, explore deep emotions and make connections between my life and the natural world.
I was born in Albury, New South Wales, Australia. I moved around eastern Australia during my childhood, living in Wollongong, Inverell, Goulburn and Canberra. I grew up in quiet places so had plenty of time alone to quietly observe nature. Being surrounded by nature was, and still is, a place where I feel safe and comfortable. I developed a habit of looking for aspects of the immediate environment that were different or out of place, even if those details were small. A part of this habit was about looking for signs of danger (spiders and snakes are everywhere) but more often about spotting things of interest, such as a wombat burrow, a rare flower or a bird sitting quietly in the canopy.
As an adult I studied creative writing at the University of Canberra and then moved to Melbourne where I began practising painting and design. Now I capture and share the beauty I find through paintings.