I am an artist living at the Southern Grampians, Victoria. My artistic journey started by completing studies in Art at school. Inspired by both Italian and French masters. Having no formal training my early works consisted of commissions for graphite sketches of works by Renaissance artists. During my teens one of my graphite drawings was shortlisted from Australia Wide entries in the 1975 Faber Castell Prize and was exhibited in Sydney, this early achievement inspired me to pursue a life in art.
My love of nature is obvious in all my works, and over time I have gone from graphite into watercolour and now to oils. I have had great success in shows in Australia and overseas
An attention to detail is prominent in my all my work, Looking so closely at living things you are suddenly aware of how complex, breathtaking and precious nature is, studying birds with their personalities and movement is a challenge I enjoy.
Living in this visually dramatic part of Victoria gives me an opportunity to observe the interaction that each species of birds have with one another and to know their habits and calls, this and the beauty of the Grampians is what inspires my paintings.
I have been a member of various Botanical Art and Wildlife Art Groups including Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Botanic Artists Society of Australia BASA, Wildlife Artist Society of Australia WASA, and others. Botanical Art is a large part of my artistic life, but not exclusively.
I have won many Awards and have accepted various Commissions. Most of my works are in private collections around Australia and overseas
Exhibitions and Notable Awards
Many and various Highly commended
2010 Melton art show – highly commended -Botanical
2011 Ocean Grove art show – Best Painting
2012 Exhibited at the Art of the Botanical, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
2014 Exhibited work" Chrysanthamums" chosen FRBG (Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens) 2014 calendar
2013 Exhibited at BASA, Royal Exhibition Building
2014 Peninsula Art Show- Best Watercolour
2015 Peninsula Art Show - Best Watercolour
2016 Flinders art show - Best Flora and Fauna
2019 Coleraine Art & Photography Show - Honourable mention ( The Meeting Place)
2019 Coleraine Art & Photography Show - Honourable Mention ( Palm Cockatoos)
2019 Penshurst Art Show - Best in Show
2019 Hamilton Art Show - Best Local Artist
2019 Australian Watercolour Muster & International Fabriano in Aquarello, Italy, 1 of 32 from Australia 2020 for
Fabriano in Aquarello, Italy, World Wide Exibition.
2019 Portland Art Show - Best Still Life
2019 Portland Art Show - Highly Commended
2021 Penshurst Art Show - Best in Show
2021 Ocean Grove Art Show - Best Flora and Fauna
2022 Penshurst Art Show - Best Oil