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

45cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Oil on original vintage map of Broken Bay NSW. Applied to canvas and edged with map or paint. Ready to hang or be sent to the framers if you so choose.
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil on original 1960s record player manual collaged onto canvas and ready to hang with timber box frame.
20cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Oil on original 1950s NSW driver's/rider's license questionnaire. Ready to hang and timber box framed.
35cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Oil on original 1968 South Australia Trotting Club program. Ready to hang on stretched canvas
10cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Oil on original 1970s Fortran computer cards and Microsoft floppy disk. Ready to hang or sit on a shelf.
27cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Oil on original black and white photos applied to canvas and box framed in 6 cm timber.
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil painted on hundreds of postally used 1970s Australian stamps which were individually glued to canvas. Gold lettering adds written interest.
35cm (W) x 28cm (H)
Oil painted on original very early 1900s North Broken Hill Mines share certificate. Ready to hang or be sent to the framers if you so choose.
20cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on original 1980s map to Adelaide. Applied to stretched canvas and ready to hang or be sent to the framers if you so choose.
20cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil painted thinly on 1970s map of Perth to Darwin and applied to stretched canvas.