My Artist Practice
I live in a green, tree-filled environment filled with wildlife. They are my inspiration. They connect us to our natural world. The bird's and animals spirit, their unique songs and behaviours and their colours are a timely reminder to us all, to reconnect with the powerful force of nature that nurtures our soul and reminds us of our mortality.
In my artwork I ask the viewer to reflect on the place where nature resides, in our hearts and minds, how we might find the time to immerse ourselves in its vanishing world and how we might reconcile where humanities progress and technology fits in our lives. We need to find a connection with our natural world and strike a balance between our needs and the needs of our environment.
I also volunteer for WIRES as a wildlife rescuer and carer so the imagery that enters my art leaps in from the window of my world. I am an artist and an environmentalist. I put these two passions together and what appears on the paper is my art.
I predominately use mono-printing onto paper. I then stitch the paper with embroidery thread, score into the paper for a textural line and paste images from cut up monoprinted artwork to create a layered and complex image.
I am currently working in Sydney as a visual artist and an art therapist with Fourish Australia and St Vincent de Paul. Previously I was employed as an illustrator and textile designer between 1990- 2010
1984-85 1 year of Bachelor of Arts study / University of NSW
1986-88 3 years of Bachelor of Ed (art) study / City Art Institute (now COFA, UNSW)
1990-92 Advanced Certificate in Art and Design / Perth TAFE, WA
2008-10 Master of Art Therapy / University of Western Sydney, NSW
2015 Cert IV Training and Assessment / St George Community College, NSW
2016 Fishers Ghost exhibition, Cambelltown Arts Centre, NSW
2015 Sydney Children's Hospital Art space, group show. Randwick NSW
2015 Waste to Art Warringah Art Prize Exhibition, Warringah Creative Space NSW
2014 WABA Inc Wildlife art @ Discovery Exhibition, Canberra ACT2013
Fisher's Ghost Art Exhibition, Cambelltown Arts Centre.
Arthouse Hotel solo exhibition, Sydney NSW
Drawn to India group show, Toowoomba Qld
2012 Ascent of Man solo show, Queen St Gallery, Woollahra NSW
Skillset Art Exhibition Flannery Centre, Bathurst NSW
2011 Generation X group show, ESP Gallery, Marrickville NSW
Postcards from the North group show, ESP Gallery, Marrickville NSW
The pineapple café group show, Sheffer Gallery, Redfern NSW
From streets to shore group show, Salerno Gallery, Glebe NSW
Clifton's art prize Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
2010 Remnants & Fragments group show, Blank Space Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
Summer Moments group show, Art Moments Gallery, Bondi NSW
2009 Moments of Improvisation solo show, Art Moments Gallery, Bondi NSW
2008 Figurative moments group show Art Moments Gallery, Bondi NSW
2014 Wildlife art @ Discovery exhibition 'Best emotive theme' art prize, ACT
2011 People's choice award Clifton's art prize Exhibition, Sydney, NSW