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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.

Education

1996 – Completed an Advanced Certificate of Art and Design at Fremantle TAFE, Western Australia
1997-1998 – Attended Private watercolour lessons with Carl Haanappel in Roleystone Western Australia
2002-2005 – BA Art (painting), Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Graduation March 2005

Exhibitions

1998

Student exhibition at Carl Haanappel’s gallery space in Roleystone WA

2004

Edith Cowan University Graduate Exhibition

2011

Entered the Metrochurch Community Art Awards, Perth WA

2013

Entered the Bankstown Art Society Annual Art Prize

Entered the Hornsby Art Prize

2014

Entered the Sydney Easter Show (two paintings hung)

Entered the Shoalhaven Open Art Exhibition

Entered the Oatley 101 Members Sale

Entered the Oatley 101 Members Art Exhibition

Entered the Kiama Art Exhibition

Entered the St George Art Prize

Entered the Cruelty Free Festival Art Show

2015

Entered the Oatley 101 Waterbrook Exhibition

Entered the Sydney Easter Show (5 paintings hung in the poultry art section, 2nd prize won for ‘Mr Gander’)

Influences

The Australian Impressionists, The French Impressionists. Evert Ploeg, Arthur Streeton

23cm (W) x 30.5cm (H)
Acrylic paint on canvas
$150
30.5cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Acrylic paint on canvas
$230
23cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Acrylic paint on canvas board
$130
30.5cm (W) x 30.5cm (H)
Oil on Canvas
$290
35.6cm (W) x 45.7cm (H)
Oil paint on canvas board
$340
35.5cm (W) x 35.5cm (H)
Oil on Canvas
$440
75cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Oil on Canvas
$555
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil on canvas
$340
19cm (W) x 27cm (H)
Watercolour on Canson 180gsm stretched paper
$160
27.3cm (W) x 19.2cm (H)
Watercolour on stretched paper
$160