Born in Melbourne in 1952 my earliest interest in art was in Primary School when I was encouraged to draw large murals in chalk on the blackboard .It was then that I decided I wanted to be an artist when I grew up! My passion for painting continued through Secondary School gaining a Distinction in Art. This was when my love of oil painting began.
At the time when deciding on a career path my parents encouraged me to enrol in Graphic Art rather than Fine Art as they felt it would be a tougher career for a woman. I commenced Graphic Art at RMIT in 1971. Back then there were no computers and the training was very broad , A fantastic start to any form of art career. Into my third year I was enjoying the course but it began to dawn on me that I would have to sell my work and ideas in a commercial field. At that time I wasn’t ready, feeling I needed more life skills. In October of 1973 I commenced training in Nursing at St Vincent Hospital Melbourne and a new chapter in my life began.
In 1983 I moved with my husband and baby to a 5 acre property in the Macedon Ranges where we built our house, developing a large garden, vegetable garden and orchard ,with two more children coming along. In 1998 I commenced classes in Tonal Impressionism, I was back home, the joy of painting had me in its grip again. While working and a busy family life I kept painting whenever there was a window of opportunity.
In 2003 I joined the Victorian Artists Society exhibiting and studying there. Retiring from Nursing in 2012 after 40 years, my husband Chris and I began building a Studio and Gallery with a Framing Studio for Chris. Lucky me.
My inspiration comes from the natural world around me, my large garden and the surrounding landscape. The seasons are very evident in my work. I love the thrill of bringing something interesting or beautiful into the studio and attempting to show that beauty on canvas. I use light and colour to convey mood and form and the essence of what I am attempting to achieve. I love something quirky or unusual. Landscape is a different challenge altogether having to manage the changing light, wind and of course the occasional insect. We live in such a beautiful part of the country there is no end to finding wonderful subjects to paint. A life long process and joy.