I began my interest in artistic expression with a camera to document my travels. This early education with photography helped with colour, light and composition. My photographs have been exhibited in the Australian Museum “Up Close and Spineless” Competition and published in The Canberra Times. I attended a David Hockney workshop at Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
My paintings and drawings explore various styles and mediums, including acrylic, watercolours, pastels and oils. I have exhibited in local and regional galleries and ran a café gallery to sell my own work and other local artists in Orange.
I have studied with Australian and US artists but most notably, Hall Groat, NY and local and regional artists Barry McCann, Jeannie Littlewood, Joseph Zbuvic and Tim Miller. I spent a year of drawing with Sue Taylor (Archibald Prize finalist 2007) at the ANU School of Art & Design, Canberra and Jenny Robins, Pastel at Strathnain Art, Canberra. I studied for a year at Tafe Orange, with Neil Cuthbert, Drawing and Painting. I attend workshops at Mitchell Arts School, Bathurst NSW.
My artistic lineage can be traced to Josiah Allen a colonial portrait painter. He arrived in Sydney on the ship “Fame” in the early 1800’s and his daughter married John Nicholson, The Sydney Harbour Master.
This connection to our maritime and colonial history has inspired and sustained my joy for creating art.
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