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About Me

Based in beautiful South Australia, I am an abstract artist and I use my art practice as a way to process the world and find my place within it. 

Using a series of layers, I begin my paintings with a highly energetic and vibrant layer, followed by expressive gestural marks using paint, pencil, oil pastels and charcoal.

Further layers refine and balance the piece using value and colour. Once the intial layers are dry, I paint and scratch back through using various hardware tools to bring texture into the piece and to retain looseness. I endeavour to uncover hidden layers and colours through the scratches, which often brings unexpected surprises to the paintings.

The combination of gestural marks, layers of paint, and scratching gives the work a tactile texture, depth and history that I particularly enjoy.

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A combination of both natural and urban environments inspire my work, which also gives a nod to my rich and vivid inner world.

As a quiet person in a noisy world, my art practice has been a way for me to express myself completely and feel seen – a journey of self discovery, introspection, and often, catharsis.

As a child, I spent hours drawing and reading, and a year studying at the Honolulu Academy of Art on the weekends. After completing high school back in South Australia, I attended the Hyde Park School of Art & Design, the Adelaide Central School of Art, and UniSA. Since then, I have completed Nicholas Wilton’s Art2Life ‘Creative Visionary Program’, and Louise Fletcher’s ‘Find Your Joy’ program.

Previously a member of the Burnside Painting Group, I am currently a member of the Art2Life Alumni, the ‘Art Tribe‘ artist community, and the Connected Artist Club.


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Prizes

Glenside Lions Art Show
Highly Commended 2021

Gallery M
Contemporary Art Prize 2021
Finalist

Novice Painting award 2009

Exhibitions

2022 
Featured Artist
Miss Perez Resturaunt & Bar

2022
Victor Harbor Art Show

2021
Glenside Lions Art Show

2021
Contemporary Art Prize
Gallery M

2021
Walkerville Art Show

2021
Clare Art Show

2021

Victor Harbor Art Show, Rotary

2020
Walkerville Art Show, Rotary

2020
Hiive Gallery – Houghton

2020
Maxamilians Restaurant

2020
The Victor Harbor Art Show, Rotary

2019
SALA – Emergence, Hiive Gallery – Unley

2018
SALA
Life’s a Beach, Lotus Gifts – Brighton

2010
SALA 
Edmund Avenue, Unley

2009
Burnside Painting Group, Burnside Town Hall

1992
Student Exhibition, Carclew Youth Arts Centre