About

I was introduced to painting in my final year of secondary school. I was immediately drawn to photorealism as a style, fascinated by the techniques required to produce a photographic image with a paintbrush. I am largely self-taught, advancing my skill and technique over many years through a dedication to practice and self-directed learning.
My art work depicts everyday life, primarily streetscapes, expressed in realist and photo-realist styles. Most of my work involves scenes from my travels to South America, South East Asia, and around Australia. The images that attract me most are those that reflect culture and experience. I like images that 'speak' to me of an experience I have never had, will never have, of a life that belongs to someone else and that I can only ever observe a moment of. To me, there is great beauty and meaning in the ordinary, the everyday, and in the detail of someone else's existence.
My work has been exhibited since 2003 in group exhibitions in the Canberra region and is held in private collections in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. Most recently, one of my pieces was selected as the Canberra winner of the Cliftons Art Prize 2015.

Education

HSC Art
Qualifications in psychology and education.

Exhibitions

2012 - Group exhibition - “Beyond Boundaries” . Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT. Encuentro group of artists.
2007 - Group exhibition - "Amalgam: Coming Together" , Belconnen Gallery, Canberra, ACT. Encuentro group of artists.
2005 - Group exhibition - "Bridges" , Anca Gallery, Canberra, ACT. Book launch and art exhibition. Enceuntro group of artists. Part of a Multi-art project sponsored by ArtsACT.
2003 - Group exhibition "Here and There", Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT. Enceuntro group of artists.

Influences

Early influences were the photorealists of the 1970s and 80s - esp Richard Estes, Jack Mendenhall. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the work of current photo- and hyper-realists in the US and Europe.

61cm (W) x 46cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$860