"One of my key inspirations is the beauty and vibrant colours of the Queensland Coastline and hinterland..."
Born and raised in the beautiful sunny, subtropical city of Brisbane, Queensland. I currently live in Stafford Heights with my Husband and two children and work from my home studio space.
I feel very privileged to live in Brisbane where I am located between the Gold and Sunshine coast regions, giving me ready access to some stunning and varied subject matter to work from. I often draw inspiration for my paintings from places that I have enjoyed visiting around Queensland.
I had early plans for a creative career and had the opportunity to study fine art after high school. However, on an impulse I took a creative detour into studies in fashion and interior design. Despite helping me to develop artistically, these disciplines were not quite the right fit. I spent several years in vocational wandering, studying psychology, working in Human Resources and trying many different jobs. Although I learned many skills, I always felt the desire to return to an artistic field. In 2005, I enrolled in a painting course at the Brisbane Institute of Art and I rediscovered my passion for all things creative. Now I have come full circle and returned to the occupation I enjoy the most, painting full time.
For now I prefer to paint landscapes and seascapes. I like the way this type of artwork can breathe life into an interior space and make a room feel larger. I achieve this by using vibrant colours, introducing a feeling of distance and bringing a sense of the outdoors inside.
My work is realistic in style and rich in colour and detail. I am frequently told that my paintings remind people of a favourite place or holiday memory, or that they feel like they could step into the painting to be in that special moment. This is feedback I like to hear as I prefer to create artworks that provide the viewer with an opportunity for enjoyment, perhaps a sense of recognition and ultimately a feeling of escape from the everyday.
Born - Brisbane, Australia
Resides - Stafford Heights, Brisbane
1991 Associate Diploma in Arts (Fashion Design) - Mt Gravatt College of TAFE, Brisbane
1992 Certificate in Domestic Design Practices (Interior Design) -Gateway College of TAFE, Brisbane
2002 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - University of Queensland, Brisbane
2005 Painting Course - Brisbane Institute of Art
2016 Portraiture Course - Brisbane Institute of Art
Awards and Recognition
2019 - First Prize - Landscape category - Nundah Village Art Festival
2019 - Second Prize - Works on Canvas and Board - RQAS Members Annual
2019 - Finalist - Lethbridge 20 000 - Small Scale Art Awards
2018 - Finalist - Lethbridge 10 000 - Small Scale Art Awards
2017 - Finalist - Moreton Bay Region Art Awards
2020 - Colour Exhibition - The Old Fire Station Gallery - Redcliffe
2019 - Nundah Village Art Festival
2019 - Gems from the Closet Exhibition - Petrie Terrace Gallery
2019 - Royal QLD Art Society - Members Annual Exhibition - Petrie Terrace Gallery
2019 - Lethbridge 20 000 - Small Scale Art Awards, Bulimba
2019 - Colour Exhibition - Percolator Gallery Paddington, Brisbane
2018 - WOW - Works of Women Exhibition - Gallery 6/31, Bowen Hills
2018 - Nundah Village Art Show
2018 - RNA Art Competition, Brisbane
2018 - "Foot Square" Small Pieces Exhibition - Aspire Gallery, Paddington
2018 - Lethbridge 10 000 - Small Scale Art Awards, Paddington
2018 - Royal Queensland Art Society - Members Annual
2017 – Nundah Village Art Show
2017 - RNA Art Competition, Brisbane
2017 - d'arcy Doyle Art Awards - Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall - Mudgeeraba
2017 - Moreton Bay Region Art Awards
2016 - RNA Art Competition, Brisbane
2015 - d'arcy Doyle Art Awards - Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall - Mudgeeraba
2013 - Works of Windsor Art Show - Windsor State School - Brisbane
2013 - d'arcy Doyle Art Awards - Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall - Mudgeeraba
2011 - Works of Windsor Art Show - Windsor State School - Brisbane
Member - Royal Queensland Art Society
Member - Redcliffe Art Society
Manly Harbour Gallery - 11 Cambridge Parade, Manly, QLD 4179
Blue Chip Investment Art Galleries - 23 The Penisular
13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD 4557