As an artist, I started out working with Steve Johns, Australian Artist, helping out in his studio in Mareeba, in the Atherton Tablelands. I learnt to paint Australian Landscapes on Marble, Sandstone and Ribbonstone using acrylic and fine tipped brushes.. here is where I developed a taste and touch for the brush and had my first insight into life as a fine artist, and it was fascinating but, at 16, I was no way near ready to throw in a 'proper' education to become a 'poor struggling artist' as was my advice at the time.
Some years later, early 90s in Adelaide, SA, art came into my life again when my husband and I opened a leadlight (stained glass) shop which was his passion, and for many years, I worked beside him as a leadlight window designer creating French and Victorian style designs for those lovely old homes, public buildings and of course, churches in the City of Churches.
All through those years, I raised a family of five to adulthood, which left me very little time to indulge in any kind of focused art work but as it is a part of who I am, it never left me while I was busy, but stayed somewhat dormant, though I did manage to do a few pencil portraits of my parents, other family members, pets and general life.
Although I've always felt a sense of seeing the world in a different way than others, I never saw myself as an artist, nor did I ever expect anyone to ever love what I drew or painted... but here we are and I truly hope these works bring you as much joy as they have me, and continue to do so.
These paintings in Acrylic on Canvas depict the wonderful memories I have of growing up in Port Moresby PNG. My parents took us to every festival and cultural show going on in the city during those years. And through those outings we got to see all the colourful tribes and cultures that make PNG so beautiful and unforgettable.
The images of DukDuks, Mudmen and Dancers burn bright in my memory to this day and have come to the forefront since the threat of Covid brought on a tragic sense that I may never see them again... it disturbed my soul to such an extent that in the isolated weeks of Brisbane's first lockdown, my heart seemed to burst out onto these canvasses in full colour... much to my genuine surprise and amusement, and over time, painting my memories has become a new spiritual release and a truly delightful passion.
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