I always loved painting at school and then life happens. I have returned to painting as I have rediscovered how much I love it and how good it makes me feel rather than worry about what I am going to do with all the paintings. I now choose to follow my heart and do what I love. It has been my me time, my escape , even my therapy.
I get in a flow state, get lost in the vibrancy of the colours, love experimenting with textures and techniques. I use various tools, palette knives, fingers, splattering and more. Many paintings come to me intuitively and the process can occur in 1 very productive session or several sessions over the course of months before I am completely happy. I prefer to create in the brightest of colours to benefit from the amazing energy and aliveness that this produces.

I grew up on a farm in a remote area of South Australia and loved being outdoors and my connection to nature continues. My love for the sea is also evident in my body of work - being a dreamy Pisces. I am inspired to add positivity to the world through my art and I hope it stirs your emotions, stimulates your senses and takes your imagination somewhere magical. In addition to my painting I am a coach/mentor and love to add messages and meaning to my art for those that appreciate it and would like to take into their own lives.

Works have been collected all over Australia and now in America. It is the energy, vibrancy and warmth the paintings bring to people's homes and lives that attracts buyers.


Lost In the Moment - Port Adelaide Community Arts Centre (group)
SALA Festival - Cocolat Henley Beach (solo),
Black Diamond Gallery Port Adelaide
Pilentum Physiotherapy, Port Adelaide- solo - ongoing
Flagstaff Hill Art Show
Clare Rotary Art Show
Comfort Inn Manhattan, Enfield - solo
Henley Beach Hotel - SALA solo
Goodwood Community Centre - SALA solo
Xzibit Hair and Beauty, Goodwood
Pilentum Physiotherapy, Port Adelaide (ongoing)
Henley Beach Hotel (SALA)
Quality Pet Foods, Largs Bay
Ink expresso Cafe, Largs Bay
Raine and Horne, Semaphore
Back in Motion, Woodville
Campbelltown Rotary Art Show
Port Community Arts- Members Exhibition
Port Adelaide Enfield Libraries


Portside Messenger Newspapers December 2016


The colours of the sea, sky, sunset, flowers, the sun, life, spirituality, butterflies, fields, trees, the beach and the coast.Melissa McKinnon, Julie Dumbarton, Scott Christenson,

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