I began painting seriously about 14 years ago after a long career as an art educator. I found that spending all of my time with students I had no energy or time left over for my own creative endeavours.I originally studied Fine Arts, Australian Literature, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Sydney. My early paintings were my training, and apart from 12 months tuition at Sydney Teachers College, I am self taught and needed to find my own style.I began painting teacups after being given a number of tea cup settings from my grandmother. Her morning and afternoon teas were quite a memorable feature of my visits with her. Memories of lavish family country morning and afternoon tea's where time was taken to enjoy the simple things in life made them feel special. For the past 12 years I have been working, developing and exploring the possibilities within this theme.The main focus in my work is the emphasis on complex and intricate patterning and colour relationships. My mantra is certainly not "less is more", it is "more is never enough" in regard for my love of painting pattern on top of pattern. I love excess in all its forms .A great deal of emphasis is placed upon the reflections and patterns on the porcelain, on the cutlery and on the elements floating on the tea itself. The reflection and refraction of light plays an important role in the paintings.My aim is to instill everyday objects that inspire me with a sense of beauty and opulence. I try to infuse a sense of joy and nostalgia in my work where one seeks solace and solitude in a moment in time.As a reaction to the intrusion of social media, technology and advertising into our public and private lives, I aim to create in my work a sense of blissful ignorance and escapism. COLLECTIONS & AWARDS 2018 Winner Painting Category Hornsby Art Prize 2018 Commended - Open Traditional. Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts.Winner Tumut Art Prize,Tumut NSW.2018Young National Cherry Festival. Second prize oils and Highly Commended Oils.Harden Murrumburrah Art Show Highly Commended Oil Section, Harden NSW,Winner 'People's Choice Award' Calleen Art Awards 2017 Cowra Regional Gallery, NSWStatuette Winner 'Most Outstanding Work in the Exhibition',Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.Winner Local Artist, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.Highly Commended, Open Traditional, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2017, Grenfell, NSW.Winner 'Most Outstanding Artwork of the Exhibition', 33rd Annual Cherry Festival, 2016, Young, NSW.Winner Local Artist, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2016, Grenfell, NSW. Highly Commended, Open Traditional, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition 2016, Grenfell, NSW. Private collections in New York, ACT, NSW. Victoria and Queensland.
1979 - 1995 Art Educator, Secondary School.
1978 Graduate Diploma of Education, Sydney Teachers College.
1975 - 1977 BA (Fine Arts) University of Sydney.
Finalist EMSLA National Still Life Award Wollongong Nov- Dec 2018
Art State "My Own Backyard Exhibition" Bathurst Oct - Nov 2018
Finalist Hornsby Art Prize . October. Hornsby NSW
Top 30 Finalist Bluethumb Art Prize .
Members Exhibition, Burrangong Gallery. August. Young NSW.
Blokes Exhibition, Burrangong Gallery, June. Young NSW.
Henry Lawson Festival of Arts, Grenfell Art Gallery, June. Grenfell NSW.
Finalist Calleen Art Award , May. Cowra Regional Gallery. Cowra NSW
Winner Tumut Art Prize, 5 Ways Gallery, March. Tumut NSW.
Lambing Flat Exhibition, March. Young NSW
GAP Exhibition, March. Young NSW
Group Exhibition, January. Grenfell Art Gallery NSW
Collector's Choice, November, ARTSITE Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Young Cherry Festival Art Exhibition, November, Young, NSW.
Hornsby Art Prize, Finalist, November, Hornsby, NSW.
Harden Murrumburrah Art Show, October, Harden, NSW.
Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Award, October, Cowra Regional Art Gallery. NSW.
Bathurst Arts Fair, September, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
'Members Exhibition' July, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.
Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition, July, Grenfell, NSW.
'Members Exhibition' June, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.
Winter Weekends in June, ARTSITE Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Calleen Art Award. Finalist. May, Cowra City Art Gallery, Cowra, NSW.
Lambing Flats Exhibition, March, Young, NSW.
'Sereni-Tea' Solo Exhibition, February, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.
'Members Exhibition' January, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.
Cherry Festival Art Exhibition, Young, NSW.
'Collector's Choice', ARTSITE Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
'The Still Life Exhibition', ARTSITE Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
'Australian Icons', Grenfell Art Gallery, Grenfell, NSW.
'Blokes" Exhibition, Burrangong Gallery, Young, NSW.
Lambing Flats Art Exhibition, Young, NSW.
Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition, Grenfell, NSW.
Pauline Coxon Art Gallery, Berridale, NSW.
'Small Paintings' Burrangong Gallery, Young NSW.
Raffia & Co. Grenfell, NSW.
Burrangong Gallery, Young NSW.
'Tea for Three'. Grenfell Art Gallery, NSW.
Grenfell Record ."Prestigious Award Goes To Local Artist" 24th October
Australian Artist Magazine 'Tumut Art Society Breaks Record' September
Discover Magazine 'Make Tea Not War' July/August
Tumut & Adelong Times. March 28
Cowra Guardian 'People's Choice Announced', 7th July
Grenfell Record 'Grenfell Resident Awarded Statuette', 16th June
The Cowra Guardian 'Calleen Art Awards', 8th May
The Young Witness 'Funding for Local Art', 17th February
The Young Witness 'High Tea and Art Expo', 3rd February
Harden Murrumburrah Express 'High Tea and Artwork', 2nd February
The Young Witness 'Cherry Festival Competition', 22nd November
Art News Portal, 'The Still Life Exhibition', 28th October
Limelight, 'The Still Life Exhibition', October
Grenfell Record, '2016 HLF Award Winners', June 17th
Grenfell Record. 'Current Exhibition Opening,' 27th January
Grenfell Record.'Aussie Icons', 13th January
Grenfell Record. 'Three for Tea' 16th January
Grenfell Record, 'Meet the Artists' 21st January
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