I am mostly a self-taught artist and have enjoyed drawing from childhood. When family and career commitments became less I started to extend my artwork into pastels which seemed a natural progression from drawing in pencil and charcoal. After a number of years just working in pastel I also took up oil painting and now enjoy both mediums equally.
Over the years I have attended many workshops and occasional formal classes in painting techniques by a variety of artists including Edward Berry, Christine Cafarella-Pearce, Peter Smales, John Wilson, David Chen, Rob Knight, Ros Lawson to name a few. However I have found the best way to improve is to ‘JUST DO IT !’.
After moving to Ballarat in 1991, I joined the Ballarat Society of Artists Inc and have taken on a variety of Committee roles and also Newsletter Editor at different times. I continue to be an active member of BSA Inc. A bit over 10 yrs ago I joined the Australian Guild of Realist Artists Inc. Through AGRA I have explored my love of ‘plein air’ painting on regular outdoor painting trips with fellow artists.
My favourite painting eras are of the French Impressionists and also the Australian Heidelberg group of artists who were also Impressionists. Van Gogh is also a strong influence. So it is not surprising that my own painting style is best described as impressionist.
My subject matter is varied and includes landscapes, seascapes, still life ( especially flowers from our extensive garden), animals, street scenes and interiors. I paint ‘en plein air’ as much as possible but also use my own reference photos. Our rural location and large garden are a constant source of inspiration.
Travel within Australia and overseas provides an additional source of subject matter for paintings. Over the last 20 yrs I have won many awards for my paintings and my artwork is held in private collections in the Eastern states, Perth- WA and the UK.