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About

Primarily, I am a painter, focusing in oils on canvas. I have spent many years exploring all different creative paths including photography, fashion and couture design, experimenting with these techniques together to draw inspiration and create my artworks.
I love colour! As you’ll see, colour is a defining characteristic in my work. My current series focus on an intricate weaving of elements; movement, form, colour and depth, creating a multidimensional space that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. They explore a concept of “fabrication”, inspired by my love of fabric draping, harmonious, uplifting, saturated colours, and beautiful, exotic landscapes and cultures. My fascination with the concept of manipulating fabrics into intricate 3D pleated “sculptural” designs, has taken my work into a direction which explores the relationship between the techniques of draping with painting to create depths of illusions. Drawing on this concept, I experiment with the deconstruction of 3D forms back into a 2D painting, creating these graceful ‘fabricated’ illusions, heightening the effect by applying rich vivid colours. Combining these elements, they create a labyrinth of ideas with the intention of provoking a deeply thoughtful, personal connection. I strive to produce unique thought provoking paintings that create an awareness of the beauty of all that surrounds us, leaving the viewer feeling invigorated and uplifted, while revealing a world or an idea that may have once been closed off to them. “Lend me your eyes I can change what you see” (Mumford and Sons, “Awake my Soul”)

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Education

Bachelor of Fashion Design
2003 Whitehouse Institute of Design Sydney NSW, Australia
Diploma of Fashion Design
2000-2002 East Sydney TAFE: The Design Studio, Sydney, NSW Australia
The Art Institute of Chicago:
2009 Advance Painting Studio, Summer Degree Program
Balmain Art School:
1997-2009 Intensive Study in Painting under the direction of Mr Stephen Wilson
AECUDE (Australian European Culture & Design)
2003-2006 Intensive study in Haute Couture

Exhibitions

2018: Brunswick Street Gallery: Emerge, Third Edition, Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia
2018: Art Space Bar Buena, Solo Exhibition, Shinjuku Japan
2018: Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo Japan
2017-2018: Blacktoast Cafe Resident Artist, Annandale Australia
2017: IWOST Open studios exhibition, May Street Studios, St Peters
2017: Workshop Makery Window Exhitition, in collaborations with Raw Artists
2016: Day Fine Art Blackheath NSW: Christmas Group Exhibition
2016, Solo: Wander ~ Lust ~ Colour, Loco Project Pop up gallery, Bondi Beach, Sydney
2016: Group exhibition & Open studios, May Street Studios, St Peters
2016: Showcase: RAW Sydney FUTURES, Manning bar, Sydney
2015: Group exhibition: Loco Project Glebe Pop up exhibition, Glebe, Sydney
2015: Group exhibition: Fresh Batch, Platform72, Chippendale, Sydney
2015: Group exhibition: 20/20 Vision, Gauge Gallery, Glebe, Sydney
2015: Solo: The Colour in Everything, Gauge Gallery, Glebe, Sydney
2014: HP Australia “Bend the Rules of Fashion” first place prize winner
2012: The Garvan Institute, All Ribbons Ball, Charity Auction
2009: Balmain Art School Group Exhibition, NSW Australia
2005: Sydney Esquisse Exhibition: Exhibiting couture design & paintings
2005: Kempsey Shire Art Exhibition, NSW Australia
2004: Student of the Year Award: Powerhouse Museum, NSW Australia; Graduating range garments selected for The Student Exhibition, displayed at the Powerhouse Museum: Women’s evening couture collection
2003: Wool Awards, NSW Australia; Silver medal in Race Wear: Women’s eveningwear
2002: The Design Studio, NSW Australia; Surf Wear Design, 3rd Prize: Girls surf wear design for an international label
2000: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Australia: Art Express Exhibition

Press

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40cm (W) x 30cm (H)
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$140
140cm (W) x 86cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,430
40cm (W) x 30cm (H)
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$140
97cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,350
76cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,250
52cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,080
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$310
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$310
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$310
30cm (W) x 40cm (H)
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$190