Artist Statement

“Layers of meaning” is an expression which applies to much of my current work. Using a support of old books, music sheets, 35mm slides, vintage postcards, old black and white photos, copper and aluminium foil etc, my figurative painting attempts to extend the narrative by working in oil or watercolour on top of these reused materials. My audience is targeted to those who seek something interesting, not just something decorative.

Selected Awards and Competitions
2016 – Winner Ruby Samadhi Gallery “Love” exhibition
Winner Gosford Council Grandma Moses Central Coast Category
Winner People’s Choice Ruby Samadhi Gallery Black and White exhibition
2015 – Selected exhibition in conjunction with the traveling Archibald Prize at Gosford Regional Gallery. “Rewritten” explored the demise of the book as print and the rise of the e reader.
“Australian Artist” magazine two page spread on my portrait collages
- Selected “Anzac Art Prize” St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Brisbane
2014 – recipient of grant from LandCare NSW to exhibit work based on supporting our local lagoon
Invited to lead a (sold out) plein air trip to Norfolk Island
- Selected Gosford Regional annual exhibition
2013 - Plan B solo exhibition in Dec. from artist studio – nearly sold out.
2012 – Finalist with the prestigious Mortimore Prize for Realism
2012 – Sun Sand and Caravan – solo exhibition at Patonga’s Bakehouse Gallery
2011 and 2012 - Invited “Art by the Sea” Killcare
2010 - Winner Ettalong Paradiso “Most Inspirational Artist”
Runnerup People’s Choice Margaret Smith award
Selected - Gosford Art Prize
2009 - Winner Skoda Sand Sculpture
Commended Singleton Art Prize
Margaret Smith Award - Highly Commended and Commended
Parliament House - CC Watercolour Society show
Gosford City Gallery Open Tour – open studio tour with 90 people through my house. Ouch.
2008 - Winner Eckersley’s National Creative Challenge
Finalist Winsor & Newton’s Watercolour “Opera Rose” competition
Highly Commended and Commended Gosford Council’s Grandma Moses
Selected: Gosford Art Prize
2007 - Winner Open Section Umina Rotary Portrait Prize
Finalist Jasco Paint Your Mother Comp
Winner People’s Choice Margaret Smith award
2005 - Highly Commended “Fabulous Fakes” Soul of the Rose
2004 - Winner “Fabulous Fakes “Girl at the Bar at the Folies Bergere”


B.A. University of Toronto, Canada
B.Ed. University of Toronto

25cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Collaged pages from 1940s gardening book with oil painted thinly.
50cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil painted thinly on vintage Telefunken hifi schematic applied to canvas
35cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil on vintage book pages
50cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil paint, foil, ink on vintage Trivial Pursuit gameboard applied to canvas.
60cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil painted thinly on 1980s map applied to canvas.
20cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil painted thinly on 1960s knitting pattern applied to canvas.
20cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil painted thinly on old book pages applied to canvas. Timber box frame ready to hang.
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on vintage junior Monopoly board applied to canvas and edged with paint.
25cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Pen and ink on pages from a 1997 Sydway street directory. Applied to canvas and edged with street pages. Ready to hang.
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil painted collaged 1940s and 1980s botanical and garden books.