My work investigates the fragility and beauty of the coastal area in which I live. I explore the region through a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, printed and dyed textiles and paper. Dyes used encompass commercial and native plant dyes. They create a contrast between the vibrancy of the commercial dyes and the more subdued colours achieved through the plant dyes. The plant dyes secure fabric in time and place, as the plant gives up a different shade of colour depending on the season, weather conditions and soil type. The commercial dyes refer to our contemporary lifestyle in its use of technology and love of colour. The commercial dyes and paints also reflect colours of the landscape that are not able to be produced by native plants.
The scale of the work ranges from quite small, such as artist books, to larger pieces, some of which hang freely in space. Images are collaged and cropped giving the viewer the sense of an up close position within the landscape; turning the micro into the macro.
2012 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
2010 Diploma of Business
2009 Certificate IV in Business Administration
2008 Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
2002 Master of Arts (Visual and Performing) – Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
1973-1976 Shillito School of Colour and Design
20112 ‘the dreaming memory of land as it lay this way and that’, ANCA Gallery, ACT
2005 ‘Notes from Nature’ – Spiral Gallery, Bega
2002-2003 ‘Littoral Landscape’ –Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2002 ‘Littoral Landscape’ – Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.
1999 ‘Inner Visions’, – Spiral Gallery, Bega
selected group exhibitions
2010 Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo
2008 Land Script, Kingstudio, Milton
2008 Sunprints, Megalo Print Workshop, Canberra
2008 Sunprints, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2008 ‘Transition’ – Merimbula
2008 ‘Fragments’ – Spiral Gallery
2008 ‘In Off On’ – Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2007 ‘Site Specific 1’, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2007 Art Resource Book and Diary 2008, Mechanics Institute, Moruya
2007 Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo
2007 ‘Out of the Box’ – Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2007 ‘Interiors’ South East Modern Art Group, BVRG
2006 Art Resource Book and Diary 2007, Spiral Gallery
2006 ‘Making Do’ – ANCA Gallery Canberra
2006 ‘Out of the Box’ – BVRG
2004 ‘Ourland’ – Horsham Regional Gallery
2003 ‘Figure in the Landscape’ – S.E. Modern Art Group, BVRG.
2001 ‘The Power of Black and White’- S.E. Modern Art Group, BVRG.
1999 Earth, Experience and Interpretation,S.E. Modern Art Group, BVRG curated by Andrew Sibley.His comment on my work – “Two of the most successful paintings in the exhibition. Quote Picasso ‘There is always a battle between the artist and his work of art – if he is lucky, the work of art wins.’ “.
1998-1999 December/January- Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore.
1998 November – Hunter’s Hill Gallery
1998 February – ‘Small Pictures, Great Harmony’ Art Exhibition, Nakano City, Japan, for the Nagano Winter Olympic Memorial Culture Program.
1998 January/February – Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore.
1997 July-August – Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore-a joint exhibition of seven south coast artists.
1997 Boyd Fine Art Gallery, Camden- Aust. Soc. of Min. Art.
1997 ‘Progressions’- S.E. Modern Art Group at the Bega ValleyRegional Gallery
1996 ‘Rebirth of a Passion’- Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney.
1995 ‘Aspects’ -S.E. Modern Art Group at the Bega Regional Gallery.
1995 Southern District Quilt Festival, Cobargo
1994 Melbourne Quilt Exhibition-
1994 ‘Colours of Australia’ – Sydney Quilt Festival.
2011 Co-judge, Books…beyond words – evolution, East Gippsland Regional Gallery
2008- South Coast Solar Print Project
2007 Youth art project, Spiral Gallery
Private collections in Australia, United Kingdom and USA