Collie
About me

Born in Adelaide, I moved to WA with my family in my teens and although artistically talented and inclined, waited until I was married with two small children and living in Port Hedland in 1980 to start painting before commencing formal art studies. I studied for the Diploma of Art at Hedland College in 1982 and continued my studies there until I moved with my husband and children to Wickham in 1985.
I won prizes for best local watercolor in the Hedland Rotary Art Show in 1985 & 1986 and in 1987 won the Most Popular Work in Show at the Cossack Art Prize show.
In 1988 I held my first solo exhibition of drawings and paintings in Exmouth, a resounding success. I also taught drawing and watercolor painting at Karratha College annexe in Wickham.
From 1988 until 1991 I worked predominantly in watercolours with some success until I sailed off to Indonesia with my husband and children on our yacht where I lived and painted for 3 years.
When my husband and I bought a small farm in Boyup Brook in 1996, we designed an art gallery for the property. Construction of Tanah Indah Gallery was completed in July 1997 and formally opened with a successful solo exhibition in August 1997.
I undertook an extensive painting trip to France in 2001 and spent much of my six months in the Dordogne region sketching and painting local landscapes.
I again moved to France with my husband in 2010 and lived on our barge, traveling extensively on the canals and rivers through rural France, gaining inspiration from the scenery and history while painting mainly rural landscapes and rural architecture. The inspiration I gained from Monet’s garden in Giverny gave me the momentum to switch to painting in acrylics.
Returning after 3 years in France, my husband and I bought a small farm in Far South Tasmania where we built an art gallery and picture-framing workshop and drew inspiration from the unique countryside and coastline.
I moved to Collie in July 2015 and rapidly became involved with the Collie Art Gallery, hanging and selling numerous artworks on both paper and canvas. In my Collie studio, I started experimenting with my new medium of choice – acrylic on stretched canvas and quickly fell in love with this versatile medium and using clean and bright colours began the next phase of my life as an artist.
I am a long-standing member of the Watercolour Society of WA and frequently exhibit with them. I now work both from my studio in Collie and, when the weather permits, do extensive plein air painting.


Art Philosophy
I paint and draws purely for personal enjoyment and satisfaction with the end result. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, talents, and techniques with others and have worked in several venues holding workshops and teaching various forms of art as well as undertaking artist-in-residencies. I constantly strive for improvement in the quality of my artworks by traveling to attend workshops with well-respected artists and trying new materials and techniques.

Techniques
I have in the past, predominantly worked with paper-based media, my favourites being watercolor and soft pastel although I feel equally adept with charcoal and pencil.
For the past two years, I have focused on working in acrylics on stretched canvas and have enjoyed the freedom which this medium has given me.
My favourite subjects are flowers, (floral arrangements and individual blooms), landscapes and seascapes. I mainly work in a traditional realism style although occasionally delve into the fringes of abstract representation of landscapes and seascapes.

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