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 and with family to quietly observe nature. Being surrounded by nature was, and still is, a place where I felt 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 in oils and watercolour.
Exhibitions and Activities
2020 Encounters with Australian Nature, City Library, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Bird of Paradise, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Watercolours, Umberto Espresso Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia
2016 Comfort Food on Comfort Clothes, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Flowers Drowning, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Finding Flowers in Human Cities, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2014 Too Big to See, Too Small to Miss, 99 Art Musuem, Beijing, China
2020 Royal Children’s Hospital 150th Anniversary Art Trail, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Toorak Art Walk, Toorak Road, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Australasia Now, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 Petite Worlds, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 Painting, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2016 Toorak Art Walk, Toorak Road, Melbourne, Australia
2016 Art in Space, Frankston Art Centre, Frankston, Australia
2015 Utopia for Spur Afrika, Amora Riverwalk Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Imago Mundi, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy
2015 New Surrealists, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Port Phillip Street Gallery, Bay Street, Melbourne, Australia
2014 Near and Far, 99 Art Museum, Beijing, China
2014 International Youth Salon, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, China
2017 Rimbun Dahan Artist Residency, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2016 The World Is So Large, I Want To See It. Information session: Why apply for artist residency programs? Bee Bookstore, Beijing, China
2014 Dong Dong and Lu Lu, Arts residency program, Beijing, China
2014 Dong Dong and Lu Lu, Arts residency program, Nanjing, China