Artprize 2018 semi finalist

About

My work is informed by the wild nature that flourishes in the unkempt gardens and streets of my inner city neighbourhood. I explore colour, shape and line to generate two dimensional, decorative narratives of my surroundings. Our flora and fauna here in Sydney is exotic and unique, and for the moment, still thriving in pockets amongst the hum of the big city backdrop.

I draw and paint every day – studying nature provides me with an endless supply of ideas and inspiration, as well as a quiet escape from reality. I love pattern and colour – I especially enjoy working in limited and/or unusual colour combinations. Colour is an intuitive and spontaneous part of my painting process; my colours are mixed and decided upon 'on the fly' and never really planned. I like the excitement and occasional disaster of working this way. My studio is home to literally hundreds of paint covered palettes, saucers, teacups, takeaway containers, you name it, that tell the story of my somewhat reckless colour journeys. Since I work mainly in gouache, I often go hunting for past experiments to revive with a little water and enjoy again. If you become familiar with my work you will see evidence of this in the same rare greens and blues popping up in works spanning different periods.

My father is an accomplished painter and he taught me to paint and draw at a very young age – some of my earliest childhood memories are of rummaging through his cigar box of oil paints, and the smell of linseed oil in his house. Art and design are in my DNA, and I am fortunate to be enjoying an extremely productive time at this point in my life with more inspiration than I have time to create! I hope you enjoy looking at my paintings as much as I do creating them.

Education

1998 - 2001 Adv Dip. Graphic Design, Design Centre, Enmore, Sydney, Australia. 1991 - 1993 Dip. Textile Design & Surface Pattern, Northbrook College, West Sussex UK. 1990-91 Portsmouth College of Art, Hants UK.

Exhibitions

2017 Winner Greenway Art Prize, Local Artist Category. 2017 group exhibition 220 Gallery, Woolloomoolloo, Sydney, Australia. 2016 Hype, group exhibition, 220 Gallery, Woolloomoolloo, Sydney, Australia. 2016 FINALIST, (Highly Commended), Local Artist Prize, Greenway Art Prize, NSW, Australia 2016 finalist, Art & Illustration category, Etsy Awards, Australia

Press

Interiors Addict February 2018. Thames & Hudson 'Cockatoo' Book, 2017. House & Garden Magazine, UK - July 2017. Mamamia.com 2016. Meet Me at Mikes 2016. Homes to Love 2016.

Influences

My artistic influences include; Owen Jones' The Grammar of Ornament, Henri Matisse, David Hockney, Brett Whiteley, traditional oriental paintings and early botanical engravings.

56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Gouache on 640gsm Saunders Waterford Textured watercolour paper, deckled edges all sides. Unframed.
$850
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Watercolour and Acrylic on 650gsm Textured Saunders Watercolour paper, deckled edges all sides. Unframed.
$1,350
29cm (W) x 41cm (H)
Gouache on 350gsm textured watercolour paper. Unframed
$450
42cm (W) x 59.4cm (H)
Fine art Giclée print on textured cotton rag paper, printed with archival inks.
$160
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Gouache on 425gsm Saunders Watercolour paper, Deckled edges all sides. Unframed.
$895
59.4cm (W) x 84.1cm (H)
Huge Fine Art Giclée Print on thick textured cotton rag paper, signed and numbered. Unframed.
$255
101cm (W) x 66cm (H)
Huge watercolour painting (with a touch of Neon Orange Pantone 805 on Bird Tag) on cream textured Saunders paper 350gsm. Deckled edges all sides. Unframed.
$2,250
30cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Acrylic Gouache on Belgian Linen, Professionally framed in a birch box frame
$635
56cm (W) x 75cm (H)
Gouache paint on thick 640gsm textured Saunders watercolour paper, deckled edges, unframed.
$790
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Gouache paint on bright white 400gsm watercolour paper. Unframed
$455
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