Semi-finalist

About

I was educated at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth and on leaving school I began a five year apprenticeship as a jeweller with Sinclair Jewellers in Applecross. On completion I moved to Sydney to work with Musson Jewellers and then to England, working in Hatton Garden and then with UK designer, Paul Spurgeon. While living in the UK, I took the opportunity to visit art galleries all over Europe, seeing the great art works of the world, first hand.

On my return to Perth in late 2004, I set up my own jewellery studio and spent my spare time painting. To enhance my jewellery knowledge I studied and became a qualified gemmologist, with a Diploma from the Gemmological Association of Australia. Despite the fact I enjoy creating individual pieces of jewellery for my clients, my passion for painting has taken the majority of my time.

In 2010 and 2012 I entered the Jewellery Association of Australia Australian Diamond Awards and was a finalist on both occasions. Furthermore, I was a finalist in the South Perth Emerging Artist Awards in 2010, and in 2014 I was a finalist with 2 paintings in the prestigious Fleurieu Landscape Awards in South Australia.

In 2015/16 I took a sabbatical and travelled to Bogota, Colombia to study with local Artist and Sculptor Alfredo Araujo Santoyo. I worked with Alfredo on a variety of projects, from life size statues to 60 metre murals. I concentrated particularly on studies of the human form, both as an artist and sculptor, and i was able to augment these studies at the Fabula Art Academy in Bogota.

In 2013 I held an exhibition of paintings in a pop-up gallery in South Perth and on my return from Bogota I exhibited the results of my year in Colombia at the Ferguson Foundry Gallery in Perth.

Since my return, I have opened my own studio, art gallery and jewellery workshop in Mt. Lawley. A combination of all my passions.

Education

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
2015-2016 Mentorship with Master Artist/Sculptor Alfredo Araujo Santoyo in Bogota, Columbia
2015 Masterclass in Portraiture with Perth Artist Olga Kolt
2014 Diploma in Gemmology
2013 Extraordinary Mind Drawing Project
2002-2004 Two Year mentorship with UK Jewellery Designer of the Year, Paul Spurgeon

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 April: A Year in Bogota at Ferguson Foundry Gallery, Perth
2013 May: Limited Skies, Pop-up gallery in South Perth

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 September. Fabula Art Academy, Bogota. Student Award Exhibition
2014 Fleurieu Landscape Awards, Finalist, “Looking Back” Oil & Acrylic on Canvas
2014 Fleurieu Landscape Awards, Finalist, “Frank’s Mum’s House” Oil on Canvas
2012 J.A.A. Australasian Diamond Award, Finalist
2010 J.A.A. Australasian Diamond Award, Finalist
2010 South Perth Emerging Artist Awards Finalist

Influences

Daniel Ochoa
Alfredo Araujo Santoyo
Noriyoshi Ishigooka
Jeremy Mann
Chaz

50cm (W) x 70cm (H)
Oil Paint
$4,100
60cm (W) x 110cm (H)
Oil Paint
$7,400
140cm (W) x 70cm (H)
Oil Paint
$7,300
50cm (W) x 70cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$4,310
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