I live in Melbourne Australia, and work as a full-time artist. I welcome commissions of nudes and portraits. 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, their mood, 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 work in a number of mediums, including pastel, charcoal and conte, pen and 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.
I graduated from R.M.I.T as a book illustrator, originally. 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.My work has been purchased for many Australian and International private collections. I have exhibited in many groups shows and competitions, and had my first solo exhibition in 2007 at Brunswick Street Galleries, and most recently in 20011 at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney. Recent awards include *Selected to hang in the Alice Bale Art Award in 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2008 *Best in Show Brighton Art Society 2006, 2009 & 2010, *Best Oil Painting between $600-1200 St. Kevins College Art Show 2008 *Highly Commended, Aust. Guild of Realist Artists Summer Show 2008 · Best Painting by a Bayside Artist, Porsche Bayside Art Show 2010, ‘Best Portrait or Nude’ in the Brighton Art Society Annual Exhibition 2011, Highly Commended, Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2012. Best in Show, Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Annual Exhibition 2012.