I have always enjoyed drawing and love the challenge of new mediums.
I have studied under Jonathon Bowden (pastels), Chantelle Del Rue (drawing and painting), Rosemary Hill (watercolour), Leonie Duff (pastels), Pieter Zaadstra (drawing & oils) and currently with Darren Meader (oils). I have also had the pleasure of attending weekend workshops with some of the country’s best artists - Robert Wade, Roger Murphy, Joseph Zbukvic, David Taylor, Tony Smibert, Herman Pekel, Barry McCann, Lorraine Lewitzka, Paul Margocsy, John Wilson, John Lovett & Clifford How.
I have exhibited on a regular basis over the past fifteen years at Eskleigh, Rotary Art (formerly Max Fry), Connections (Scotch Oakburn College), The Launceston Art Society, The Not Yet Famous Exhibition (Adult Education) and a special fund raising exhibition for Camp Quality in 2000. I have also had a small solo exhibition to help raise funds for the Cancer Council of Australia. During this time I have also received a number of awards:
2003 - Judges’ Commendation at the Tasmania Art Awards at Eskleigh
2003 - Third place in the Launceston Art Society Exhibition
2006 - Selection in 2007 Capital Chemist calendar
2010 - Major prize at the inaugural Chudleigh Art Awards
2010 - Judges' Commendation at the LAS Celebrating Life exhibition
2010 - 'Packers Prize' at the LAS Entally exhibition
2013 - Major Acquisitive prize at the Meandering exhibition
2015 – ‘Highly Commended’ Award at the Meandering exhibition
2016 – ‘Major Acquisitive’ Award at the Central Coast Council Artex 16 exhibition
2018 - Major prize at the inaugural Greater Wester Tiers Art Award
2018 - ‘People’s Choice’ prize at the LAS Celebrating Life exhibition.
I still enjoy working with pencils, and I am starting to appreciate pastels and oils, but the magic of watercolour is fascinating and the challenge will be a life-long pursuit. I have tackled a variety of subjects in my painting, but it is landscapes which remain a favourite, especially the scenery of Tasmania (often including animals) and in particular, the waterways.