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I am a Sunshine Coast artist. Creating art was sparked by attending a silk painting class some years ago. This initial interest sparked a passion. Living in North Queensland at the time, I attended art classes through TAFE and with local artists. Portraiture (in graphite, charcoal and pastel), and landscapes (in oil) became favourites. I won a couple of local art competitions and began selling a number of pieces. Moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2010, I joined the Buderim Craft Cottage Mixed Media group. I have undertaken a number of workshops with local artists and exhibited in a variety of places.

Now my work is mostly acrylic with some mixed media. This medium allows me more freedom of expression and I utilise fingers, brushes, handmade stamps, washes, palette knife, and a variety of odd objects, to place and move the paint over the canvas. It is a forgiving medium that allows the painting to change and develop to a place where I want it to be.

I mostly centre on nature and may depict man-made subjects to accompany the natural aspects. I find a connection to a mental space. In each of my paintings I work on a feeling and search for a mental ‘place to be’. This may be an imaginary place but it encourages both free spirit and groundedness. My work often begins with abstract feeling and then representational objects form as the piece progresses. I love the use of colour, either bold or pastel, and seeing the effect that a change of colour can have on a specific area in the painting or in the overall mood of a painting.

Collections:
My artwork is in private collections in Townsville, Ayr, Home Hill, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast

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Education

Workshops (1 to 4 days):

Tracy Verdugo 2013 - 2016
Aileen Shaw 2010, 2016
Chris Postle 2015
Kim Barrett 2013

Buderim Craft Cottage Winter School 2014:
Jenny Kelly, Chris Postle, Kim Barrett

Kenilworth art week:
Jenni Kelly 2012

Online workshops:
Flora Bowley (6 week course) 2014

Other Education:
Lynda Hoey, ongoing private group classes 2007-2009
Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE, Home Hill. Units in mark making 2004 - 2005

Exhibitions

I have exhibited paintings in local exhibitions in both North Queensland and the Sunshine Coast.

Mixed Medium (MMM) Group Exhibition, Buderim 2010-2016
Royal Brisbane Show, Brisbane 2014
Atrium Gallery, Buderim 2012-2014
“Unknown Artist” Exhibition, Caloundra 2010
Home Hill Harvest Festival – Rotary Art Exhibition, Home Hill 2008 -2009
Burdekin Water Festival – Rotary Art Exhibition, Ayr 2007-2009

Other displays:
Site specific installation, Aragum Bay, Sri Lanka (partnered in a wall mural) 2016
Local cafés, Sunshine Coast 2015-2016

Awards:
Burdekin Water Festival – Rotary Art Exhibition, Ayr 2007-2009
First place – oil medium, Second place – oil medium, Encouragement award

Commissions:
I have completed a number of commissions for private collections.

76cm (W) x 81cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$410
82cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$470
102cm (W) x 78cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,300
60cm (W) x 78cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$410
122cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$720
122cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$580
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Mixed Media
$440