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At 18 I opened my own clothing design factory successfully selling some designs in the thousands contingently completing a BA in Behavioural Science.
Subsequently I worked in senior marketing positions in Sydney for two of Australia’s major food manufacturers. I left the corporate world behind in the early 80s moving to Montville on the Sunshine Coast, there I opened my own clothing design shop which operated until 2000. At one point running 3 retail outlets for my own label Cecily’s.
Current Artistic Practice
I returned to painting again in 2004. Since then I have experimented with many styles, done a number of workshops and developed my own techniques for depicting florals. Currently I paint almost every day perfecting and evolving my work. My work is precise and intensely observed. It involves many layers of transparent oil paint, subtlety of tone and strong contrasts of light and shade. It does not seek to be ‘photo realism’ but in a sense more real in that my own creativity, judgment and artistic expression are at the fore. They convey emotion and feeling, and the energy within the moment. They are an image that saturates the senses with bliss.
ABOUT MY WORK
I have a great passion for flowers and their ability to communicate and move people on an emotional and spiritual level. I paint living flowers so that the work will reflect the living quality of the flower itself. My work seeks to create stillness and a meditative space for the viewer and for myself.
“Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans… to the beauty that is an essential part of their innermost being…flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred and ultimately formless within ourselves” Eckhart Tolle
I am also interested in space and light, (where thought and form intersect), as a potent visual and meditative device in my work.
My work is built from many layers of oil paint each one adding luminosity to the work. Strong contrasts and vibrant pure transparent colour is a feature of my paintings.
Finalist Milburn Prize Institute of Art 2017
Winner 2nd prize Australian Artist Magazine March Edition 2016
Finalist Lethbridge 10000 2016 (invitation only)
Invitation Solo Exhibition Lift Gallery Maleny March/April 2016
Highly Commended Kenilworth Art Show Workshop Participants
Finalist Australian Artist Magazine Still Life and Florals June 2015
2015/16/17 Rotary Art Spectacular, Lions Extravaganza (invitation only)
Finalist in the Lethbridge 10000 Art Award (invitation only) 2014
2014 First Prize Still Life and Florals Redcliffe Show
Solo exhibition Lift Gallery March April 2016
Lift Gallery Maleny
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