I can't remember when I wasn't drawing, painting and stitching. I dabbled in all sorts or arts and crafts through my early years . I remember the pottery classes that were so much fun - going out for an evening and coming home clay spattered clutching a gorgeously glazed platter which I still use years later. I quilted, baked, painted and made paper crafts. I designed childrens clothes and sold at Salamanca Market for a year. I was good at a lot of things but I wanted to be great at something! All the time I was searching for that one talent that would allow me to express my creativity freely and perfectly.
At the back of my mind was always a memory of a visit to the Metropoliton Museum of Art in New York standing in front of a wonderful small painting lost in admiration at how the artist had achieved such subtle shadows with mere paint. I told my friend " if I could create something like that I think I would have done something worthwhile with my life". He bought me a print as a birthday present and it still hangs above my desk reminding me to keep striving to create beauty from raw materials.
Finally that painting inspired me to hone my art skills, to practice daily, to attend workshops, to enter competitions, to accept commissions, and to tackle difficult subjects. As my art journey progressed I won prizes, I took workshops and taught classes. Best of all I learned to really see what I was looking at. Of course I also learned that I will never be able to perfectly express my creative ideas but that many imperfect paintings eventually lead to a few captured moments that are worth all the struggle and effort.
Living in Tasmania I'm constantly inspired by the natural beauty surrounding me and have a particular love of the coastal scenery. Water features a lot in my paintings! Travel to other countries has shown me how diverse the world landscape can be and given me many opportunities to broaden my subject matter.
Painting has taught me to see this wonderful world around me with greater clarity and detail and it is my passion to translate that "seeing" into a tangible piece of art that will bring pleasure for years to come.