My commitment to painting emerged from an overwhelming desire to understand and express feeling.
I was born in Melbourne in 1946. At age thirty-two I was confronted with an unexpected lifestyle change and decisions to make. I visited a friend who lived in Airlie Beach, Nth Qld. I fell in love with the far tropical north, its warmth, beauty and colour also friendliness. I wanted to stay. I wanted to paint my feelings. I wanted to learn more skills. I wanted to know more about the 'art world'.
In 1982 I became a full time Fine Arts student at Townsville TAFE. It was a challenging, serious and enlightening world. I was introduced to new experiences, skills, knowledge colleagues and self-awareness beyond my dreams. I felt at home in this baffling yet exciting world of creative visual art.
Thus the seed for a creative lifestyle was planted. My ongoing commitment has been to nurture and nourish the seed as I started to learn, grow, understand, explore, change and mature. These stages of development have spanned a forty year period.
Transition: 2010 - 2019
I realised that art is a powerful healing tool.
My painting practice became more experimental, experiential, exploratory.
I began making small story/art healing pieces.
I published daily art/word pieces that I call 'heart & soul pourings' under the heading 'blog' on the website
I introduced an on-going interest in Evolutionary Consciousness and Spiritual Awakening.
I participated in courses that helped to develop writing skills and to create a small creative business.
I designed a program called 'Creative Art & Joy of Colour' which I taught at U3A. 2016/17
2010 Transpersonal Art Therapy Certificate, Phoenix Institute, Melbourne
1998 Master of Fine Art by Research NTU Darwin
1985 Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies CAI Sydney/UNSW
1984 Diploma in Fine Art TAFE Townsville/JCU
1967 Certificate in Colour Theory & Practice Melbourne
2000 'Vision Weave' Brine Gallery Cooroy Butter Factor Cooroy
2000 'Transition' 'Work in Progress' The Mill Studio Cooran
1999 'Harmonic Construction' The Mill Studio Cooran
1999 'Integration' Vincent Gallery JCU Townsville
1998 'Integration' NTU Gallery/Woods Street Gallery Darwin
1997 `Insights' Studio Star Art Gallery Darwin
1990 'A Retrospective' Hossier Gallery Brisbane
2019 Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space, Nth Fitzroy Vic.
2005 'And She Breathes,.. Meeting' Perc Tucker Regional
2003 Gallery Townsville 'Where's Brolly' Umbrella Studio Townsville
2001 ' 112 ' 24 Hr Art Darwin
2000 `Ideal Format' 24 Hr Art Darwin
1999 'Inout' Umbrella Studio Townsville
1999 'Emergence' Woods Street Gallery Darwin
1998 'Future Perfect' Gallery 101 Melbourne
1998 'Works on Paper' Woods Street Gallery Darwin
1997 DVAA Members Show, Woods Street Gallery Darwin
1996 'The Campsite' Woods Street Gallery Darwin
1988 Murwillumbah Art Awards, Murwillumbah Regional Gallery
1988 National Women's Art Awards, The Centre Gallery
1985 Gold Coast | Post Graduate Exhibition, Ivan Dougherty Gallery Sydney
1984 Graduate Exhibition, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
1982 - 83 Townsville | Caltex Art Awards, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville Pacific Festival,
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville Student Exhibition, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville
Residencies, Grants, Awards
2019 Fairfield Park Boathouse, Fairfield Vic. Residency
2018 Pinaroo Studio, Batchelor, NT Residency
2004 Regional Quick Response Grant Qld
2000 Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Qld Residency
1999 James Cook University Townsville, Qld Residency
1984 Caltex Encouragement Award - Drawing
1998 - 99 The Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne
1990 - 92 Ball Studio, Mudgeeraba
1987 Schubert Gallery, Gold Coast
1986 Bridget Mcdonald Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Now Emerging Artists in Queensland; Institute of Modern Art; p26
1988 National Women's Art Awards; The Centre Gallery Gold Coast
James Cook University, Townsville
Private: Australia, UK, Europe, America