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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

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

Influences

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

38cm (W) x 56cm (H)
Gouache on watercolour paper 400gsm, Unframed
$470
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Watercolour on Saunders Waterford cream textured watercolour paper 350gsm. Deckled Edges all sides. Unframed.
$780
48.5cm (W) x 59.5cm (H)
Watercolour on cream textured watercolour paper 300gsm. Unframed.
$525
42cm (W) x 59.4cm (H)
Fine art Giclée print on textured cotton rag paper, printed with archival inks.
$160
24cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Watercolour on cream textured Watercolour paper 350gsm. Unframed.
$460
59.4cm (W) x 84.1cm (H)
Huge Fine Art Giclée Print on thick textured cotton rag paper, signed and numbered. Unframed.
$255
41cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Gouache on Watercolour paper 350gsm, Unframed
$390
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Gouache on cream textured Watercolour paper 350gsm. Unframed.
$775
56cm (W) x 75cm (H)
Gouache on thick 640gsm Saunders Waterford Textured watercolour paper, Deckled edges on all sides. Unframed.
$750
30cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Acrylic Gouache on Belgian Linen, Professionally framed in a birch box frame
$635
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