My Story

 

Carl Sagan once said, "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere." As a passionate artist I couldn't agree more.  I love being led by my intuition and imagination and as a result I love what I can achieve.

I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and believe that I have been a hunter, gatherer, recycler and maker for most of my life.  As a child I was making paper mosaic artworks from old magazines and newspapers and jewellery from discarded plastics and food packaging. I've always had a fascination for texture within art and a love for experimentation and being creative. 

After a 15 year stint in the corporate world within the Music & Entertainment Industries, I had an inner yearning to follow my heart and passion for the arts and design and briefly studied Interior Design, followed by Visual and Fine Arts, majoring in Photography.

From 1990 to 2010, I was compelled to seek out items which were broken, discarded and of no use, such as broken tiles, crockery, furniture and kitchen appliances so that I could create mosaic objet d'art.  I was also creating textile wall hangings from second hand fabric remnants, fringes, buttons and embellishments. I can remember being on an absolute high, trying to create something beautiful out of nothing and injecting life into defunct items begging for another chance at life.  

During this period I was captivated by B&W photography and adored creating photograms. And I cherished the days when I was in a print studio churning out screen prints and marvelling at the spontaneity of monoprinting.

When I moved to Berlin in 2010 to a small apartment, I started to produce mixed media artworks combining photography + collage + digital technology and feel that the change in my creative direction seems to always be attributable to the size of my art space.

My artworks at this time stemmed from a vibrant photographic composition of something mundane or insignificant. With digital embellishment I strived to draw out the inner beauty of these images by building upon them and re-presenting them as intriguing artworks. I enjoyed the challenge and process of finding perfection in the imperfect and disciplining myself to maintain the ability to see beauty in everything.
 

Today I feel that I am utilising art as a vehicle to express my emotional states. When I have a longing for calm and peace, I will focus on producing photographic works of seascapes, nature and landscapes. My vibrant works are born from a place of joy and happiness, and similarly my darker works represent repressed negative energy.

I find that I don't control what I create, nor do I have a vision at the outset of what the work will become. The work guides me and lets me know when it is complete.  I treat my artworks as living entities.  I fondly feed and nourish them with love and patiently watch them grow and blossom until they become independent.

Overall, creating art encourages me to adapt to change so that I can reinvent myself; it challenges my perspectives and allows me to work through my emotions. It brings about tranquility and solace in my life and ensures that I live in the moment.

My works are held in private collections in Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Scotland.

Awards

2015      Winner of 2015 Corangamarah Acquisitive Art Prize - Colac Health Care Art Collection, Melbourne
2013      Finalist - SHE Group Exhibition - Walker Street Gallery - Dandenong, Melbourne
2001      Highly Commended Award - 3D Mini Works Exhibition - Sydney

 

Seeing the Forest - 2015 Winner of The Corangamarah Acquisitive Art Prize - Colac Health Care Art Collection

Seeing the Forest - 2015 Winner of The Corangamarah Acquisitive Art Prize - Colac Health Care Art Collection


Trade Fairs
DEN Furniture & Design Trade Fair, MCEC – Melbourne - 2015
Design:Made:Trade Interior Design Fair,  MCEC – Melbourne - 2013
Australian Art Show, Royal Exhibition Building - Melbourne - 2013

Exhibitions
2016
DMY 2016 - International Design Festival - Berlin

2015
Albert Park College Annual Art Show - Albert Park
Dulux 2016 Colour Forecast – Artwork used in National Media Campaign
Group Exhibition - Design Art House – Hawthorn

Dulux 2016 Colour Forecast – Artwork used in National Media Campaign

Dulux 2016 Colour Forecast – Artwork used in National Media Campaign


2014
Summer Group Exhibition, Quadrant Gallery – Hawthorn
Albert Park College Annual Art Show - Albert Park
Hobson Bay Annual Art Show- Williamstown
Camberwell Annual Art Show - Canterbury
Andy R. Salon –  Fitzroy
Mornington Annual Art Show - Mornington
Sorrento Annual Art Show - Sorrento

2013      
SHE Group Exhibition – Walker Street Gallery – Dandenong
Langwarrin Rotary Club Annual Art Show - Langwarrin
Summer Group Exhibition, Quadrant Gallery - Hawthorn
Albert Park College Annual Art Show - Albert Park
Click 2013 Group Photography Exhibition - Brunswick Street Gallery
Freedom Group Exhibition, Collingwood Gallery - Collingwood
30.04.29 Group Exhibition, RTIST Gallery - Prahran
Art Raid Group Exhibition, RTIST Gallery - Prahran

2012
Moved from Berlin to Melbourne
Kreuzberg Art Festival Group Photography Exhibition, Cozmic Underground Gallery - Berlin

2011
Portraits Group Photography Exhibition, Cozmic Underground Gallery - Berlin
Save the Victims of Japan  - Solo Online Art Fundraiser - Berlin

2010
Moved from Sydney to Berlin

2000-2010
Tutored Mosaic & Photography Workshops
Wings & Horns Art Exhibition, Studio Dome Gallery - Marrickville
I Love Kirribilli Group Art Exhibition - Kirribilli
Christmas Group Art Exhibition, Gallery Adagio - Glebe
Marist Bros Annual Art Show - North Sydney
Stapled to the Ceiling  Group Art ExhibitionStoic Gallery - Marrickville
Christmas Art Show, TAP Gallery - Darlinghurst
Glebe Annual Art Show - Glebe
M.A.D. Sustainable Art Gallery - Enmore
Art in the Garden Private Exhibition - Katoomba
Contempo 5 Group Art Exhibition, Blackheath Art Society - Blackheath
Sense & Sensuality, Trapezium Gallery - Penrith
Show Solstice, Group Art Exhibition - Midnight Star Theatre - Homebush
Chill Out Wearable Art Exhibition - Katoomba
Blueprint 2 Print Makers Exhibition - Katoomba
Environment Exhibition - Penrith
Blue Gum Silent Art Auction - Katoomba
20/20 Vision Group Exhibition, Sweet Foray Gallery - Katoomba
Espial Mosaic Exhibition, Sweet Foray Gallery - Katoomba
Studied Interior Design and Visual & Fine Arts - Nepean Design Centre - Sydney

1965 - Born in Sydney, Australia

Publications:
2009    Intrepid Travel Asia Brochure


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