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I was born and educated in Brisbane and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. My parents were more focused on day to day survival than indulging their children's various creative whims. So I was the kid who did all the right things academically but sought sanctuary in my room and in my head, drawing and painting, and doing what my Mum called ‘that weird stuff’.
My tertiary study took me into the government/corporate sector where I somehow survived the humdrum of 9 to 5 work by always taking on new projects, generally in fields I knew nothing about. Meanwhile I studied art and took classes at various private colleges to feed my passion.
In 2017 I moved out of the city to pursue my artwork full time at a stunning beachside location on the east coast of Australia. From my home on the Sunshine Coast I look to the ocean on one side and sunsets over the mountains on the other. Maybe this is why you will see a lot of blue and orange in my art.
My creative works are quite diverse. Some of my designs and paintings are serene and spiritual, but most are colourful, busy and complex. Because I experience the world as a kind of busy frieze of activity, I often produce work that has a lot of surface pattern and movement. I’m very interested in the way colour, shape, and movement stimulate emotional responses, and I try to capture the spirit of things I see or experience. Since moving to Coolum Beach and spending so much time in the surf and on the rocky outcrops near my home, the intense blues and soft browns and the spirit of the ocean seem to have entered my psyche. I’ve always been intrigued by the patterns of nature, and the surf produces such intense, wild, swirling, unpredictable hues and patterns, I’m continually amazed at both the sheer beauty and the fearsome power of the ocean. Also, the rugged and colourful rocky outcrops of the coastline are a constant source of wonder and seem to have a great spiritual presence. Since moving from the urban landscapes of Brisbane, these new sights and feelings have become etched in my senses, such that my work has become a representation of that spirit and power.
My drawings are completely different and speak to the human condition, often poking fun at our collective madness.They mostly depict people and the relationships and tensions between them.
As Carl Jung said : 'Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.' Well, there is a fair amount of madness within, hence the quirkiness and comedy of some of the drawings.
Participated in many group exhibitions in Australia.
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