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Like a lot of artists, I first became aware that I was creative at school. My school books were adorned with little pictures, and, I simply loved learning.
Art classes were not then deemed to be useful in later life so I only did one year of Art in high school and that I didn’t really understand. It would be many years before I would pick up a paint brush.
My next creative stint would involve writing and research, creating exhibitions and publishing non-fiction history books whilst bringing up a family. This was a creative time and I loved the joy of discovery in my research and putting it all together into a publication.
About 11 years ago, I did an art course at TAFE in Hervey Bay, which was the start of my journey into the art world. We were given some very diverse projects and I always felt way out of my depth. I heard one student say “art is an illusion” and it took me a few years to understand what he meant.
One has to start somewhere and I vowed to go to as many workshops and absorb as much as I could. There was a lot of experimentation and frustrations. I attended McGregor School of Art at USQ Toowoomba, summer and winter schools where I learned a great deal from very experienced teachers. I have also enjoyed workshops with Donald Waters, and more locally Kelli McGregor, both these talented (and famous) artists were fantastic to learn from.
My love of Art history took me to Paris twice, where I soaked up the classic art at the Louvre and Musee de’Orsay. I visited Giverney, where Claude Monet lived and painted for many years and walked through garden planted with the irises and over the little bridge which is portrayed in many of his paintings. I was in heaven…..
The art of the Masters on the walls of Versailles, and elsewhere, simply blew me away. I collected art books and read as much as I could and slowly, I absorbed as much as I could.
My Lily paintings, so I have been told, have a Monet look and feel to them. Today, I describe my work as having two directions; abstract impressionism and landscape impressionism. Abstract Impressionism is often characterised by gestural brush strokes and/or mark making, with the impression of spontaneity.
I love the boldness and impulsiveness of abstract impressionism, where I can let go and express a concept in my own way, using colours which change as they are blended together.
I love both the serenity and sometimes strong subject of Landscape Expressionism. Often, I start with an abstract idea but it invariably evolves as a landscape. I have a strong affinity with nature, and the colours and textures of rocks, trees and water often capture my imagination.
My art is about my enjoyment of the journey of a painting, and once through the barrier though it is a joyful and fulfilling experience.
Mildura Homestead The Early Years (and publication)
Mildura Base Hospital - 50 years of history (and publication)
Gol Gol Public School Centenary - 1882 - 1982 (and publication)
Mildura Workingmans Club (publication)
Triumph Over Tragedy - Mildura Co-op History (unpublished)
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