Luminous skies, fluid brush marks – deep vision with abstract detailing.


My art moves freely between traditional and abstract, inspired by history, drawing, design and a taste for the unexpected. My paintings feature luminous skies, fluid marks and deep perspective.  I use a range of mediums, but am currently exploring the capacity of watercolour for stronger colour and conceptual inventiveness.  A jeweller in my early years, I tend to detail my work with refracted light, reminiscent of crystals and metals. Also a psychologist, I am open to both imaginative and scientific ways of seeing. Landscape and portraiture draws these facets of my life together.

I live in Clare and work across two careers, as both a psychologist and an artist. Australian born and raised in Adelaide, I initially studied Fine Arts/Art History as part of my Bachelor degree at Flinders Uni (1978) and qualified as a psychologist at Adelaide Uni (1979). I completed a Diploma of Art Teaching at Bendigo CAE (1981) and then taught art in high schools for several years.

An artist once said I was too strong a drawer to become a painter.  Challenged by this, I took up painting seriously in 2005 and won my first Rotary Art show award in the same year. I consider it an honour to have been recently elected by peer review to the Fellowship of the Royal SA Society of Arts (2012).

 

Awards

2005 - Commendation, Clare Rotary Art Show, Watercolour, ‘Pt Broughton Sunset’
2009 - Merit, Burra Portraiture Competition, ‘Sarah’
2009 - Commendation, Clare Rotary Art Show, Watercolour, ‘Crimson Mirage’
2009 - Commendation, Balco Balaklava Art Show, Portrait Section, ‘Romani Spirit’
2010 - Commendation, Clare Rotary Art Show, Clare Valley Section, ‘Riesling Patterns’
2010 - Merit, Royal SA Society of Arts, Summer exhibition, ‘Lilly’
2011 - First Prize, Burra Portraiture Competition, ‘Lilly’
2011 - Open First Prize, Peterborough Art Show, ‘Bush Nymph’
2011 - Peoples’ Choice, Clare-Gilbert Valley Easter Art Show, ‘The Wine Shed’
2011 - Commendation, Clare Rotary Art Show, Clare Valley, ‘Wine Track’
2011 - Two Merits, Royal SA Society of Arts SALA, ‘Leasingham Patterns’ & ‘Wine Track’
2011 – RSASA Associate Membership awarded
2011 - People’s Choice Award, RSASA Arts SALA Exhibition, ‘Leasingham Patterns’
2011 – Best in Show, Kidman Rotary Art Show, Kapunda, ‘Wine Track Patterns’
2013 - Clare Valley prize, Clare Rotary Art Show, 'Turqouise & Champagne'

Training and Qualifications

1976 to ‘78 - BA Majoring in Visual Arts and Psychology, University of Adelaide
1979 - Honours Psychology, University of Adelaide
1980 - Diploma of Secondary Education - Art & Craft Teaching
1982 to 2006 - Registered Teacher
1988 to current - Registered practicing Psychologist/Education
2012 – Diploma of Fellowship granted by the Royal South Australian Society, No 290

Exhibitions

1882 to 2004 – Craft markets and group exhibitions in art/craft, silver jewellery, drawing
2005 - Commenced professional art painting, exhibiting regularly
2009 - First solo exhibition, SALA Festival, Kirrihill, Clare SA (near sell out)
2010 - Second Solo Exhibition, SALA Festival, Kirrihill Cellar, Clare SA
2011 - SALA Exhibition –Six Artists do Black and White, August, Venturas Visions, Auburn SA
2012 – ‘Artist’s Paint Landscape – Top 10 Regional Artists’, Burra Regional Art Gallery
2012 – RSASA Fellowship Exhibition

Regional and Metropolitan Art Shows

The Clare Rotary Art Exhibition: 2005,’06, ‘07, ’08, 09, ’10, ’11, ‘12
Clare & Gilbert Valley Easter and October Art Shows: 2007,’ 08, ‘09, ’10, ’11
Harvest Art Exhibition, McLaren Vale: 2012-08-19
Peterborough Art Prize: 2007, ’09, ‘11
Solar Art Prize; 2012
Laura Gallery Art Show: 2009, 2010
Burra Portraiture Competition: 2009, 2010, 2011
Balco Balaklava Art Show: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Kidman Rotary Art Show: 2011

Group and Solo Exhibitions:

1982 to 2004 – Seasonal craft markets and group exhibitions featuring silver jewellery
2005 – Commenced art painting exhibits and sales several times a year
2009 – First Solo exhibition, August SALA Festival, Kirrihill Clare SA (near sell out)
2010 – Second Solo exhibition, SALA festival, Kirrihill Cellar, Clare SA
2011 – SALA Group Exhibit – Six Artists do Black & White, Venturas Visions Gallery, Auburn
2012 – ‘Artist’s Paint Landscape – Top 10 Local Artists’, Burra Regional Art Gallery
2010 to 2012 – RSASA Seasonal Exhibits
2012 – RSASA Fellowship Exhibition

Collections

Watervale Cellars
Light Regional Council – on display in the Kapunda library
Kirrihill Cellar Door
Kilikanoon Cellar Door
Wilson’s Winery Cellar Door



 

 

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