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Coming from a creative family I was exposed to artistic pursuits at an early age and found in drawing a satisfying pastime that my parents actively encouraged. Later on I completed a full time two year Art and Design course covering the principles of perspective, anatomy, drawing from life, design principles, colour theory etc. I was unable to take up painting due to family and work commitments till many years later.
I have been exhibiting, selling and winning awards for my work for about 20 years and consider myself as self-taught. Along the way I have gained my painting knowledge through watching demonstrations, doing workshops and years of personal experimentation.
For many years I worked in Pastel, but now prefer Mixed Media, Acrylic and Oil on stretched canvas. My work has become more abstracted in recent years, but I still believe the traditional basics as being essential to diversify and progress.
My inspiration comes from an emotional feeling when I am attracted to the colour, movement, beauty and light in the world around me, which I endeavour to transfer to canvas in a way which inspires and uplifts the viewer.
A few of my highlights have been winning awards:
Best Painting in Show (any medium) to $800 at Camberwell Rotary Exhibition
Best Landscape/Seascape in Show (any medium) - Brighton Art Societyl
Best Painting in Show – Kingswood College
Best Pastel in Show – Waverley Art Society Annual Exhibition
Best Pastel in Show – Spring Exhibition – Sherbrook Art Society
Best Pastel in Show – Mount Waverley Art Exhibition
Plus many Commended and Highly Commended Awards at various Art Exhibitions around Victoria, Group Exhibitions and The Australian Guild of
Realist Artists. Commissioned to paint a Local Scene by Knox Leader Newspaper. Exhibited in Without Pier, Sherbrooke, Mulgrave and AGRA Galleries.
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