Artist Type Semi Professional
I play with various media, primarily motivated by the random arrangements of nature and the subject of belonging.
As a ‘constructor’ of art I use acrylic, oil, sand, paper, shells and resin with resin being part of the work and/or the glue that holds it all together. Resin enriches the colour and protects the work with a glass like coat. My pieces have many layers and can almost appear to be sculptural in nature.
I create and reimage home décor and furnishing items which I refer to as 'artcycling' as it is always about the art first.
I exhibit regularly in the Illawarra and have pieces on display at the Wollongong Arts Precinct and commissioned work at Shellharbour Public Hospital. My work is on display and available from the Three Flying Ducks Gallery in Jamberoo.
My artwork is vibrant and heavily textured. I like to build a story layer by layer using a mixture of paint and collage. My works on board, multipanel or canvas are usually finished under resin. I sometimes like to use the resin as part of the textured surface covering only parts of the surface, sanding back or polishing it. For other applications such as clocks I use it as a smooth glass like coating. I also use resin in my reimaged furniture pieces again creating a story within the item imbedding pages of books, trinkets or beach glass. I don’t describe myself as a painter or sculpture but rather as a ‘constructor of art’. I am currently experimenting with a variety of resins, tints and techniques to push the properties of the resin and create more texture and depth in my pieces.
Having a history in early childhood education I have developed a love and respect for the vibrancy and simplicity of children’s art and my artworks often feature this naive style. Art is a great source of joy for me that I love to share with others. I spend every spare minute in my studio or working on community projects.
I also enjoy salvaging furniture and reimaging it, often repairing items with resin, imbedding beach glass, pages from books and glow in the dark objects or paint into the resin. My friends and family support this passion keeping up a steady supply of interesting items. I am blessed to have the support of the Albion Park Men's Shed with anything I don't have the skills or tools to complete myself.
Awards & Career highlights
2009 - 2015 - KidsFest events including 'Picasso Calves','Mushroom Garden', 'Paper Lanterns', 'The Festival Hub ‘Creative Sparks’, 'Artstrail#Killalea'
2015 - 2016 - 1st & 2nd Prize's at Albion Park Show & group exhibitions at Kiama Fire Station, Shellharbour Exhibition space, Project Contemporary Artspace and the Old Courthouse Wollongong
2016 - Group exhibitions & Solo Exhibtion at Minnamurra Cafe
2016 - Artwork Commissioning Shellharbour Hospital Ambulatory Care Centre
2017 - Winner of the Jayne Wilson Memorial Prize. Street Panel Project and Lightbox at Wollongong Arts Precinct.
Albion Park Albion Park NSW
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