I am an artist, illustrator, teacher living in beautiful tropical North Queensland. From early childhood I was a compulsive drawer and maker inspired by the creativity of many family members including my grandfather, Melville Haysom. Teaching at Mornington Island in 1982 (the first of several postings to isolated Aboriginal communities) lead to our lasting involvement and friendships with Indigenous people and their rich and diverse cultures and influencing my art in profound ways.
At 15 years I was commissioned to illustrate a German language textbook, kick starting my freelance illustrating career of 45 years. My illustrations are generally commissioned for adult educational resources. I also love to illustrate children's literature. There is so many imaginative possibilities!
Whereas my illustrations are prescriptive, my own art often takes on an exciting, unpredictable life of its own! I don't like to be boxed in to a style! The environment, gardening, health, modern life colliding with traditional cultures and travel are themes reflected in my art practice. Art is a journey rather than an accomplishment and I hope never to stop trying to find a fresh vision.
My art and illustrations are in private and government collections and publications throughout Australia and internationally.