I began my artistic career in the sixties when I specialised in textile and graphic design. It has since developed into a lifelong passion with my latest works being in the form of oil painting landscapes, focusing on skies. This process of immersing myself in the colour and movement of skies has given me a sense of peace and freedom. While in this unique space, I experiment with different mediums, paints and brush techniques to develop a process of applying layers of colour until I acquire the depth I want to achieve.
I am grateful that I can spend hours engrossed in these works and become completely lost in the process, so much so that I feel as if I am in the natural environment, becoming one with the enormity and beauty of the landscape.
I can’t remember a time in my life without art...... It has allowed me to see the world in so many varied and unique ways.
Throughout the years I concurrently studied visual art along with health science in either government or private tuition. Several years ago I retired from the health industry to focus as an artist in painting and printmaking.
The inspiration for my exhibition titled "Spirit of Place" comes from the beauty of our vast and seductive Australian landscape. My paintings are an attempt to capture a deeper meaning and spirit that comes with my connection to this land. I have developed a great interest in the naturally occurring and manmade patterns and designs and represent the natural organic landscape with layers of textured paint, pattern and colour. The oil paint is applied with cardboard in a layering technique. I only use a brush to paint in a sky.....or a boat!
My paintings take some time to finish as the layering technique usually requires the paint to dry in between. There will often be up to 10 or so layers of paint in a painting. This technique helps to create depth on the canvas and allows for an impressionistic image to come together when viewed at a distance. These paintings are my interpretation and response to the feelings that a moment in time and a certain place, can provoke.