I have been painting for around 22 years and have enjoyed many different mediums. From Watercolour to scratchboard, oil paint to pastel I have tried them all, settling finally on oil paint as my main chosen medium. I also enjoy watercolour for smaller illustrations. After some early certificate level training after high school, I spent a year in West Africa teaching missionaries kids art and was inspired to further my studies. I gained a BA Arts (painting) and graduated in March 2005. I am a Christian and a Pastor's wife and love to teach art at our church to both adults and children.
Being a Mum of small children I have had to learn how to continue with my creative journey through sketching, polymer clay and acrylics before being in a position to feel settled on oil painting.
My influences include the Australian Impressionists, especially Arthur Streeton and the work of Turner but I am particularly inspired by portrait artists including Evert Ploeg and Nora Heyson. I am strongly influenced by our road trip travels as a family across Australia and the theme of the road or pathway is recurring across my work.
My art journey continues as I explore portrait themes and the use of symbols found in nature alongside maps and the figure. I am particularly taken with seedpods and their symbol of life and renewal.